17 May 2013: App store releases Version 1.1 of Gimbal with even more special features and brand new content! Download it for FREE here>> 'Gimbal, multifaceted, multisensory... a very cool app, very deep.' - App Vader 'A beautifully intuitive app.' - Transfiction
More about Gimbal here
16 May 2013: Comma awarded one of English PEN's "PEN Translates!" for Diao Dou's Point of Origin.
The English edition will be translated by Brendan O'Kane and published by Comma in 2014. See more on that here>>
Read the full article here>>
13 May 2013: 'Downloading Gimbal means you can see the city through the eyes of fictitious characters, take imaginary journeys through literature, or experience an alternative view of familiar streets.'
Feature in The National on the Gimbal app.
Read the full article here>>
9 May: Two Comma titles shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize 2013!!
Many congratulations to Adam Marek and Jane Rogers, whose two collections - The Stone Thrower and Hitting Trees with Sticks - have been shortlisted alongside Jon MacGregor, Kevin Barry, Emma Donoghue and Lucy Wood.
More about the shortlist>> 'Comma strikes twice on Edge Hill shortlist'. Read The Bookseller article here>>
9 May 2013: Gimbal is here!
The 'gimbal' interactive literary iPhone app is now available to download for free on the app store. Get it now and explore the world through fiction.
View on the app store page here>>
More about the history of the app here>>
Read an article about the app on The Bookseller news feed>>
5 April: Five Comma titles longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize (aka 'The Frank').
20 March 2013: The Guardian on The Iraqi Christ 'Bolaño-esque in its visceral exuberance, and also Borgesian in its gnomic complexity... a master of metaphor.' - Full review.
Adam Marek at Edinburgh International Book Festival, Mon 12 August.
Reading from their highly-acclaimed new books The Stone Thrower, alongside Rodge Glass.
Full schedule to be confirmed in June here More info on each event here>>
Launching this Month:
OUT NOW! You Have 24 Hours To Love Us
by Guy Ware. 'Clever, sustained and engaging fictions that toy with ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events...a daring and refreshing collection.' - Stuart Evers, The Independent ‘A remarkably successful short story writer, the best I’ve read for a long, long time.’ – Time Out More >>
Out Last Month:
The Iraqi Christ
By Hassan Blasim.
** WINNER OF THE ENGLISH PEN WRITERS IN TRANSLATION' AWARD ** 'Perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive...' – The Guardian. 'Required reading for a real taste of life in Iraq.' - The National. 'There is the same queer mixture of clarity and disalignment you feel while reading Kafka’s short stories.' - 3:AM magazine.
More about the book here.
Stories from the Far Side of Research Featuring: Sara Maitland, Toby Litt, Jane Feaver, Simon Ings, Adam Marek, Gregory Norminton, Sean O’Brien, Justina Robson, Dilys Rose, Simon Van Booy and many more...
A unique collaboration between authors, bio-medical researchers and bio-ethicists to explore some of the more unexpected side-effects of current research. 'Fascinating reading.' - Financial TimesMore >> Hitting Trees with Sticks
by Jane Rogers 'Wonderfully natural... thoughtful and joyously readable stories that rarely go where you'd expect them to.' - The Guardian 'This is her first collection of short stories, and it is beautiful.' - The Independent on Sunday Listen to Jane Rogers talking about the collection on Woman's Hour (scroll to 33mins 30 seconds in). More >>
Tea at the Midland
by David Constantine. Tea at the Midland selected as one of the 'Books of the Year' by the TLS and theLondon Evening Standard 'The excellence of the collection is fractal: the whole book is excellent, and every story is excellent, and every paragraph is excellent, and every sentence is excellent. And, unlike some literary fiction, it's effortless to read.' - The Independent on Sunday
'This is a superb collection of stories: Constantine's writing is rare today, unafraid to be rich and allusive and unashamedly moving.' - The Independent More >>
The BBC International Short Story Award 2012 anthology
Featuring Lucy Caldwell, M.J. Hyland, Deborah Levy, Krys Lee, Adam Ross, Chris Womersley, Miroslav Penkov, Julian Gough, Carrie Tiffany, and Henrietta Rose-Innes.
WINNER: Miroslav Penkov
Introduced by Clive Anderson The Stone Thrower
by Adam Marek.
'Hits the target every time.' - The Guardian
'This bold young writer is refreshing the form.' - FT
'Expertly deploys the conventions of the form.' - The Observer
Cold Sea Stories
by Pawel Huelle.
'These are complex stories, blending mythology and ancient history with the tide of political change, moving easily between autobiography and invention, reality and fantasy, but they are also immensely readable.' - The Herald
'Full of powerful imagery.' - The Financial Times
'[These stories] glow with the warmth of the past that they conjure into life, and with the yearning for an intensity of feeling and experience that does not wane as life passes by.' - The Independent Shi Cheng
Short Stories from Urban China
'These stories tell us how the lives of these cities and citizens, or peasants-turned-citizens, are being tempered. The stories seem to say that one has to go through the fires of hell to reach some different stage of existence...' - The Independent More >>.
FIFTY new Comma titles on Kindle and Kobo!
Coming soon.... Comma 78s.
by Zoe Lambert
*SHORTLISTED for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and LONGLISTED for the International Frank O'Connor Award.*
'Lambert's collection presents a carefully balanced picture of the world's combat zones... The writing is disarmingly plain and to-the-point... a kind of narrative ambush... I'd recommend that you read these.'
- The Guardian.
More about The War Tour.
Lemistry: A Celebration of the Work of Stanislaw Lem
Edited by Ra Page and Magda Raczynska
Featuring previously untranslated stories by the Polish SF master himself (author of Solaris, The Cyberiad, etc), plus short stories, essays and pseudo-essays celebrating the influence of this unsung hero of speculative fiction, by the likes of Brian Aldiss, Toby Litt, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Ian Watson, Jacek Dukaj, Piotr Szulkin, Adam Roberts, artist Mike Nelson, and many, many others.
More about Lemistry.
Selected for The Observer's Best Books of the 2011 list.
'Exquisite... delectable' - New Scientist.
BOOK OF THE WEEK: 'Works brilliantly... ingenious... unfailingly interesting.' - The Independent.
Listen to author Sarah Hall and editor Ra Page discuss the science-into-fiction project on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on iPLayer
More about Litmus.
A City in Short Fiction.
Edited by Jim Hinks and Gul Turner.
Featuring Turker Armaner, Murat Gulsoy, Nedim Gursel, Muge Iplikci, Karin Karakasli, Sema Kaygusuz, Gonul Kivilcim, Mario Levi, Ozen Yula, and Mehmet Zaman Saclioglu. 'Full of insights and surprises' - The Guardian, 'Ten Best Books Set in Istanbul'. >> More
The Madman of Freedom Square
by Hassan Blasim
Translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright.
The first major literary work about the Iraq War from an Iraqi perspective.
*Longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2010* 'Perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive...'
- The Guardian in its review of another anthology, 12 Jun 10. >>More
by David Constantine
*WINNER of the BBC National Short Story Award 2010* 'Flawless but Unsettling...'
- The Independent, Books of the Year. >>More.
Laura Daly & Diana Syder
A unique collaboration between a visual artist and a poet. 'Here is an English poet who is amazed by the world and wants to tell you how amazed she is.' - Jim Burns. >>More.
The New Uncanny
Ed. by Sarah Eyre & Ra Page
A.S. Byatt, Christopher Priest, Ramsey Campbell, Etgar Keret, Hanif Kureishi, Sara Maitland, Alison Macleod, Jane Rogers, Gerard Woodward, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Nicholas Royle, Ian Duhig, Matthew Holness, and Adam Marek.
*WINNER of the Shirley Jackson Award* 'A masterclass in understated creepiness.'
- Book of the Week, Time Out, 12 Jan. >>More
Instruction Manual for Swallowing
by Adam Marek
'There's a transgressive thrill to Adam Marek's debut collection of short stories that's not simply a result of the potency of the subject matter... delightful.'
- The Guardian.
'Genuine, unsettling talent'
- The Independent. >>More