An audacious collection of short stories in which events come out of left field
Fri 3 Feb 2012 22.55 GMT
was at a literary festival recently when an audience member asked the panel if they thought the short story would make a comeback in this country. I was surprised at the time because, as far as I'm aware, the short story has never gone away. The genre in Britain may not perhaps share the robust health it enjoys in North America, especially after the BBC revealed plans to reduce its short story programming. But all is far from lost. We have Helen Simpson, Dan Rhodes, Ali Smith: skilled short-story writers, all. We can now add Jon McGregor's name to this roll-call, with his generously titled collection, This Isn't The Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You.