Tracy Chevalier, novelist, recommends…

(CLASSIC: from The Best Short Stories, Wordsworth)

This story – about a woman who loses a diamond necklace she’s borrowed from a friend, thus ruining her life – has a classic twist in the tail that knocks readers sideways. When I read it as a teenager I decided all stories should be set up like this one.

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Contemporary:

(MODERN: from Self Help, Faber)

Moore is so funny and heart-breaking at the same time. She’s pitch-perfect in this story of the end of a relationship.

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