by Beryl Bainbridge (Author), Alexander Mc Call Smith (Author), HelenFielding (Author), D B C Pierre (Author), LouiseWelsh (Author), HelenSimpson (Author), VikramSeth (Author), Diran Adebayo (Author), KamilaShamsie (Author), A L Kennedy (Author)


"Ox-Tales" is a set of four compelling and collectible books, each themed on one of the elements. 'Fire' features stories by Mark Haddon, Geoff Dyer, Victoria Hislop, Sebastian Faulks, John le Carre, Xiaoulu Guo, William Sutcliffe, Ali Smith, Lionel Shriver and Jeanette Winterson, and a poem by Vikram Seth. The idea behind "Ox-Tales" is to raise money for Oxfam and along the way to highlight the charity's work in project areas: agriculture in Earth, water projects in Water, conflict aid in Fire, and climate change in Air. The four books will play a central role in the first ever Oxfam Bookfest, a new annual event launching in July 2009. Created in partnership with Hay Festival, the program includes more than 300 events across the UK.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Publisher: Green Profile
Published: 02 Jul 2009

ISBN 10: 1846682614
ISBN 13: 9781846682612
Book Overview: The four Ox-Tales books feature original stories from a cast of thirty-eight writers, including Kate Atkinson, William Boyd, Jonathan Coe, Sebastian Faulks, Zoe Heller, John le Carre, Alexander McCall Smith and Jeanette Winterson. The Observer has reviewed the books as 'a triumph', full of 'outstanding fiction'. Each copy sold raises funds for Oxfam.

Media Reviews
A fabulous insight into the literary landscape today * Aesthetica *
These volumes, more than simply a collection of short stories, act as a showcase for contemporary British fiction -- Will Skidelsky * Observer *
An admirable and ingenious idea... There are many gems... This collection disproves claims that the short story is on its last legs. It is also a rare treat to be able to read literature that literally improves the world -- Sebastian Shakespeare * Tatler *
Fight poverty from the comfort of your own sofa by reading one of Oxfam's series of Ox-Tales * Psychologies *
The perfect travelling companion * Image *
Wonderful short stories by 38 of the best writers around -- Paul Blezard * The Lady *
Each book offers a feast of thought-provoking material, from the piquant to the poignant * Irish Tatler *
Classy... A great opportunity to sample a wide range of takes on this underrated form... At their best - Ali Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Sebastian Faulks - short stories open disproportionately wide imaginative vistas * Daily Telegraph *
These excellent collections include stories by some of Britain's best-loved writers... One of the joys of collections like these is that you're bound to come across something new... You really should buy them all * Financial Times *
One comes away from them as one comes away from a good second-hand bookshop: baffled by riches and with a ballooning reading list... the beautifully packaged little books act as an admirable showcase for contemporary talents * Independent on Sunday *
Handsomely designed... You will grasp that this project involves proper fiction, not feel-good propaganda for a cause * Independent *
Well worth the fiver asked. Oxfam, reader, is doing you a favour: not vice versa -- Sam Leith * Spectator *
A fabulous way to swot up on well-known authors, as well as discovering a few names you might not be so familiar with... Books you'd want to own without any worthy motive in mind * Daily Mail *
Heaven on earth for any literary aficionado * Ulster Tatler *
Author Bio
'Air' features stories by Alexander McCall Smith, Helen Simpson, DBC Pierre, AL Kennedy, Kamila Shamsie, Beryl Bainbridge, Louise Welsh, Diran Adebayo and Helen Fielding. It also includes a poem by Vikram Seth.