Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood: Rich Yet Unsettling Portrayal of 1930s Berlin

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Rating: 3.5 stars Category: Short stories, literary fiction Synopsis: Christopher Isherwood, an English tutor and novelist, is rootless. Yet it is this quality of rootlessness that allows him to seamlessly drift between the high and low of Berlin society, from decadent lakeside houses to cramped attic rooms shared by entire families. Goodbye to Berlin is a semi-autobiographical collection of episodes that portray life in 1930s Berlin. Poverty, suffering and the rise of Nazism is beginning to give a threatening edge to all of the rich possibilities of the city.

The Fright Before Christmas by @JDWhitelaw13 @urbanebooks @samaritans — Love Books Group

I had to reblog this post from Love Books Group. The Fright Before Christmas is a short story that really made me smile and get in the festive mood. Plus it's only 99p to download and all proceeds go to support the life-saving work of the Samaritans.

A Vintage Christmas Short Story Collection: Realistic Festive Tales

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Rating: 3 stars Category: Short Stories Synopsis: 'A Vintage Christmas' is a collection of short stories that encompass the highs and lows of the festive season. It features a pretty elite mix of authors including Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle. There is something for everyone in this collection, whether you're a Christmas grotto-seeker or a complete grinch!

Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl: Dark, Quirky and Joyfully-Written Short Story Collection

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Rating: 3 stars Category: Short Stories Synopsis: Roald Dahl is most famous for his children’s books, including Matilda and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. However, Skin and Other Stories is a lesser-known short story collection aimed at an older audience. Managing to be both unsettling and entertaining at the same time, this diverse collection will transport readers to strange new places with each tale…