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The Reverse Engineering series turns two!


Woah... that went quick! It was two years ago this month that Scratch Books published Reverse Engineering! To celebrate, we're offering 30% off the price of Reverse Engineering and Reverse Engineering II throughout March.


Exposing the inspiration and work behind the greatest short stories, Reverse Engineering and its sequel bring together contemporary classic stories with authors’ discussions of how they were written.


Featuring stories and interviews from Tessa Hadley, Ben Okri, Yiyun Li, Jon McGregor, Sarah Hall and many other superb short story writers.


For everyone interested in how fiction works, buy either - or both - titles at a 30% discount from the Scratch Shop here!



‘Rich with insight into the craft and the art of the short story, this book will delight both writers and readers.’

Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane


‘Reverse Engineering will be of huge interest to both practitioners and fans of the short story and to anyone interested in how art gets made. An anthology to inspire and encourage anyone who reads it.’ Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins


‘This impressive collection reads like a celebration of the craft of story-writing itself. The triumph of Reverse Engineering is that despite accepted norms of short story craft, every author offers something different.’ The Guardian


‘A collection of hugely illuminating conversations, packed with insights into everything from inspiration and the drafting process to setting, character, theme, ideology and the handling of voice, point of view, structure and style.’ Times Literary Supplement



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