Emma Turnbull, Literature Development Officer, Creative Scotland, recommends…

(CLASSIC: from In Our Time, Scribner)

The story takes place in a hotel room where a neglected wife is looking out of the window at an unloved cat who is trying to find shelter from a storm. It is a very simple story, but very emotive and memorable.

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(MODERN: from The Bus Driver Who Wanted To be God & Other Stories, Toby Press)

I love it because it is funny and quirky and deceptively simple. It tells the story of a power crazed bus driver who delights in closing the bus doors and driving off just as late souls race up to the doors and try to leap aboard. Like all of Keret’s fiction it is clever and contemporary and it can make you smile and squirm at the same time.

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