Fewer Things by Adam Marek

bookshelves: radio-4x, spring-2015, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, published-2011

Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from May 16 to 22, 2015


Description: A selection of stories from Adam Marek’s dark, often quirky collections read by Carl Prekopp..

Adam Marek is the award-winning writer of two short story collections – Instruction Manual For Swallowing and The Stone Thrower. He won the 2011 Arts Foundation Short Story Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His stories have appeared in many magazines, including Prospect and The Sunday Times Magazine, and in many anthologies including Lemistry and Biopunk and The Best British Short Stories 2011.

1/5: FEWER THINGS: A father and son save some chicks from choking. But who will save the boy?

2/5: THE 40-LITRE MONKEY: A simple pet shop purchase leads to a strange encounter with a shop owner committed to growing super-sized animals.

3/5: REMEMBER THE BRIDE WHO GOT STUNG?: A father resorts to drastic measures on a family picnic

4/5: THE THORN: Removing a thorn from Wellie Page’s toe turns out strangely for Wellie.

5/5: DEAD FISH: A boy steals a fish from the marketplace, prompting a chase. But can he be caught?

Dark, unsettling fayre this, and Marek is a man you definitely need to sample. Look out you short story writers, you have serious opposition here. The website


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