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Same Same But Different

An Anthology of Short Stories


21 October 2021






14.5 x 22.5 cm

An anthology of the best short stories to come out of lockdown.

Brilliantly funny, sharp and terrifying in prose that sparkles. The aim was surprise and variety. In the best short stories whatever has been dropped into the mix is rubbing against something else, making the sparks fly, so in a just a few pages you can have sharp and tender, piercingly sad and funny. And sometimes, all at once. A stunning collection of seventeen stories by a vibrant mix of established and emerging writers including Amanda Craig, Alison Moore, A.L. Kennedy, Helen Simpson and D.W. Wilson.

A daring collection written in response to lockdown

– Alison Macleod, author of Changing and Unexploded

Small but perfectly formed stories from the time of Corona virus.  Striking— wonderful, thought-provoking short stories

– Irish Independent

Be it loneliness, love, loss, or the quiet comfort one can find in being alone, these stories touch on what it means to be human, and not only in the grip of a pandemic. The literary equivalent of a box of Roses (but thankfully without the universally maligned “coffee one”), this collection has something for every reader.

– Becky Long Irish Times

18 well-chosen stories, loosely based on the idea of solitude, explore loss, loneliness and love, and head from the wilds of the Northern Rockies with an ailing father and an intrepid grieving daughter (Leadfall by D. W. Wilson) to the cable-tangled, neon-jagged streets of Bangkok where, in Stephen S. Thompson’s titular story, a traveller watches the world

– Daily Mail

Same Same but Different isn’t a collection about the pandemic but explores what the experience has awoken. These stories about solitude are relevant. Felicity Marsh’s If I Only Had One Story to Read uses Rapunzel is a contemplation of isolation. Alison Moore studies intransitive verbs in Ooderwald, a story about learning to teach English, asks what loss really means. The anthology acknowledges the appeal of short stories is more than escapism, they fascinate us by providing an opportunity to see how other people think. AL Kennedy utterly understands this, Wow is like crawling into someone’s head. It’s not always comfortable (why should it be?) but this it’s powerful ‘Wow, we could talk about the world, current affairs, family affairs…Wow we could talk about why my mouth tastes of the dark and so forth…Nobody wants to talk about the world. It’s unmentionable.’  The story pulses with raw humanity shielded by cynicism. , Same Same but Different is a book for right now, Mikka Haugaard’s curated a collection that reminds us what it is to be human.

– Angela Readman, author of Don’t Try Now

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