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Seven of the best recent short stories, disassembled by their authors. 

An innovative anthology revealing the inspiration, the ideals and the work involved in a great short story. Reverse Engineering brings together contemporary classic stories with their authors’ discussions of how they were written.

An essential book for everyone interested in how fiction works...


With short stories and interviews from Jon McGregor, Irenosen Okojie, Jessie Greengrass, Sarah Hall, Mahreen Sohail, Chris Power and Joseph O'Neill. 


‘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 and Homesickness

‘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 Observer


Reverse Engineering

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