October 1st 2009
304 pages
B-format paperback
978 1 906994 00

Roads Ahead by Catherine O'Flynn

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An impressive selection . . . Iain Grant’s Six of the Best quirkily shifts the dynamics of a pupil encountering his old teacher, Megan Dunn’s The Mermaid and the Music Box ends in a wonderful weird tableau of mermaids combing their hair on the top of the Empire State Building and Rodge Glass’s I know my team . . . unsentimentally captures the uneasiness between a daughter and the father she reluctantly visits in a nursing home. In fact almost every one of the 22 stories makes you want to hear more from their creators


In 1999 a spiky anthology of young writing was the first title to appear from the Tindal Street Press imprint and the first on a prize-winning road ahead. Widely reviewed, praised for its energy and variety, and awarded an Arts Council publishing prize, Hard Shoulder kick-started the careers of several young writers, editors and publishers. Ten years on, Tindal Street Press celebrates a decade of prize-listed publishing — and of commitment to the short story and the wealth of regional writing talent — with a showcase that’s just as groundbreaking. Costa award winning author Catherine O’Flynn presents exciting new voices from the next generation of English writers.

Richly imaginative . . . It might be a good idea for other editors to get hold of Roads Ahead and investigate its many talents


Birmingham’s Tindal Street Press launched in 1999 with an exciting and much-lauded anthology of short stories called Hard Shoulder, and a decade later, the new anthology Roads Ahead reaffirms their flame-carrying commitment to the form. All your hot young talents like Chris Killen and Richard Milward are in these 300 awesome pages, alongside some thrilling discoveries, like the stories from Michelle Singh and Luke Brown

Dazed & Confused

The sentences have been worked on until they shine . . . These writers have charged out into the world and written what they saw in it.

3:AM Magazine

Reader’s Comments

  1. Everyone welcome to the launch party on 1 October! See our Events section

    Luke Brown — 17th September 2009

  2. And you can read Catherine O'Flynn's introduction in the related files section to the bottom right...

    Luke Browm — 21st September 2009

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