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The hotly-awaited sequel to the critically-acclaimed Reverse Engineering!

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


Featuring stories and interviews from Eley Williams, Ben Okri, Yiyun Li, Tessa Hadley, Wendy Erskine, Tom Drury and Sussie Anie. Find out how the best stories are written... 


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



‘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 and Love Marriage


‘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


Reverse Engineering II

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