Jeremy Worman has degrees in English from London University and Cambridge University. He has reviewed for The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator, New Statesman and the TLS. He won the 2009 Cinnamon Press short story competition and the 2002 Waterstones/Multi-Storey competition.

Short Story Collections

(Cinnamon Press, 2011)

reviewed by Mithran Somasundrum

Interview with Jeremy Worman

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?

Jeremy Worman: The first one was written as long ago as 1996 (Simon Carver Looks at Life, my first published story, in The London Magazine).

TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

JW: From 2000 on I knew I was working towards a collection. The stories grouped around the themes of Hackney now, and of life in the squatter movement in Hornsey Rise and Hackney during the 1970s – I had produced a London book!

TSR: How did you choose which stories to include and in what order?

JW: Rigorous selection and editing. In the final stage a sort of organic order suggested itself and this worked well. The autobiographical stories in the final section ‘Beginnings’ underpin the collection and give a strong sense of the writer’s childhood and family history.

TSR: What does the word "story" mean to you?

JW: A series of events or moods that leave you with a feeling that something has happened beyond the sum of its parts – and which you cannot entirely explain.

TSR: Do you have a reader in mind when you write stories?

JW:  I write for people who want to look beneath the conventional.

TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection, anything at all?

JW: What stayed with you after you had read Fragmented?

TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?

JW: Lovely. I feel less isolated.

TSR: What are you working on now?

JW:  A detective novel and more short narratives about Hackney (my agent has sent my completed novel It’s All Right, Ma to a publisher).

TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

JW:  Richard Brautigan’s Revenge of the Lawn, Stories 1962-1970, which contains some brilliant short narratives. Collected Stories of VS Pritchett, too many of which are melodramatic and formulaic. Collected Stories of DH Lawrence; at his best he is one of the great short story writers.
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