Neil Rathmell – writer

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Tag Archives: short stories

We just don’t say that sort of thing

Philip Hensher begins his introduction to the Penguin Book of the British Short Story with the assertion that ‘the British short story is probably the richest, most varied and most … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Reader’s Diary, 23 October 2013

If Hateship, friendship, courtship, loveship, marriage had not been the book chosen for the July meeting of the Shrewsbury Coffeehouse book group, I would have read nothing by Alice Munro before she became … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Stories without words

It seems obvious. The same actors appear on stage and screen, so there can’t be much difference between plays and films. But whether you think about it from the point of … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · Leave a comment


Rabindranath Tagore wrote poems, plays and stories, but he was above all a poet. He wrote in Bengali and, like all poets, he defies translation. He won the Nobel Prize … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · Leave a comment