Derby Shorts

Price: £5.99

For Books' Sake and London Rollergirls Present Derby Shorts

“Short stories as cool, tough and fast as the sport…” (Bidisha)

“Every bit as cool a read as you might hope…raucous, hilarious and ground-breaking. Highly recommended.” (Hi! Magazine)

It’s here! Presented by For Books’ Sake in collaboration with the London Rollergirls, Derby Shorts is a bold and brilliant anthology of the best new fiction from the roller derby track.

The ground-breaking collection is the first of its kind, and within its pages, you’ll find short stories of inter-team love, lust, rivalry and rebellion, rollerblading assassins in punk-apocalyptic London, brats and ballerinas turned derby superstars, and much much more.

Featuring emerging and established authors from across the UK, Europe, America and beyond (including roller derby players, referees and fanatics from all over the world), the stories in Derby Shorts range from the bittersweet and beautiful to the brutal and bizarre, but keep one thing in common; their obsession with a sport and subculture far too fierce, fearless and exciting to stay underground.

Published on Monday 20th May 2013, you can order the paperback edition now for only £5.99, or get the Kindle edition here. Click below to order your paperback copy now!

What the reviews say:

“Tales of exhilarating competition, crushing defeat, jealousy, anxiety and thrilling victory…Taut, hard-boiled prose conveys the controlled strength and athleticism of the teams and their rivalries – both on the track and off it.” (xoJaneUK)

“Pace, power, and panache abound, both thematically and in the manner of their telling, throughout the stories collected in Derby Shorts… every story crackles with engaging and energetic joie de vivre. Inspiring, fun, bittersweet, energetic, hugely enjoyable and filled with many moments to cheer about… Derby Shorts is very much in the mould of the sport it celebrates.” (Plectrum – The Cultural Pick)

“There can be no finer companion to the beautiful game. Derby Shorts presents a smorgasbord of delectable derby-themed short fiction. Rules, hearts and bones are broken as each story offers a fresh and original spin on the rockin’ rollin’ theme… an essential read for roller derby fans and short story lovers alike.” (The List)

“A fast-paced skate through fourteen diverse stories… I recommend Derby Shorts for long-time derby fans, people who have never heard of the sport, women, men, teens, and readers who enjoy tightly crafted short stories overflowing with guts and heart. In other words: almost everyone.” (The Pankhearst Review)

Other mentions in the media: Derby Shorts has been featured in and on Geeked, Lip, Red and Emerald Street.

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