Andrew Forster, poet and Wordsworth Trust Literature Officer, recommends…

(CLASSIC: from The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde, Wordsworth Library)

This combines Wilde’s beautiful prose with his razor-sharp wit. We follow Lord Arthur on his journey through ‘polite’ society as he tries to escape the fate that he believes has been decreed for him, all the way to the lovely, unexpected twist at the end. Its 20 or so pages feel utterly complete.

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(MODERN: from Fidelity, Arrow)

I first discovered this Canadian poet/playwright/novelist/short story writer with his novel Martin Sloane. Everything he’s written is worth reading but his short stories are sublime. The title story of his collection uses the fairly standard structure of a narrator learning about himself through a brief encounter with others but Redhill comes at his characters from unexpected angles.

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