Steve Dearden, director, NALD, recommends…

CLASSIC

I can’t get beyond this at the moment. I know I should be choosing a Chekhov, Maupassant or Mansfield, but my daughter and I find Pippi’s combination of indignant solipsism and instinctive generosity inspirational. One story? ‘Pippi is a Thing-Searcher and Ends up in a Fight.’

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MODERN

Not because I published it in Light Transports, but because I keep returning to it, as both a beautiful piece of writing and for simple humanity in the face of AIDS, SWAT teams, the system and dogs fouling the sidewalk.

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