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The cover of 'So, What Kept You?'

Cover artwork Urban Window by Anja Percival

New Stories Inspired by Chekhov and Carver

So, What Kept You? brings together fourteen of the most exciting writers from the UK, USA and Eastern Europe in a celebration of the influence of two short-story masters – Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver.

Writers were invited to consider fragments of text from the notebooks of Chekhov and Carver and complete stories that were never written by the authors themselves. From writer to writer ideas were passed along the generations to bear new fruit.

The idea to create the book came from the symbiotic relationship that Raymond Carver felt he had with Anton Chekhov. A new essay by Carver's widow Tess Gallagher explores the way writers can influence each other through time.

April 23rd: Slog's Dad, David Almond's story in this collection, was runner-up in this year's National Short Story Prize. More information on the news page.

David Almond
Andrew Crumey
Georgi Gospodinov
David Means
Andrew O'Hagan
Nadya Radulova
Ali Smith

Rajeev Balasubramanyam
Julia Darling
J. Robert Lennon
Courttia Newland
Evgeny Popov
Natalia Smirnova
Margaret Wilkinson

To buy this book:

So, What Kept You? costs £7.99 and was published in September 2006.
ISBN: 978-1-873226-84-1

So, What Kept You? was launched at the Durham Literature Festival on 12 October, 2006. Our photograph shows (left-right) Andrew Crumey, Margaret Wilkinson and David Almond answering questions from the audience.

Andrew Crumey, Margaret Wilkinson and David Almond

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