716y2SvnjdLThe Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen is most remembered for her novel The Heat of the Day, but this extraordinary collection of short stories is well worth a read. Mostly set in London during the famous ‘Blitz’ of September 1940 to May 1941, her stories create a sense of the uncanny experience of wartime life, between the mundanity of lived experience and the ever-present threat of death from above. Bowen writes in the postscript that “We all lived in a lucid state of abnormality”, and these fractured, elliptical stories present that state like no other writer of her time.

Set in London, England.

Recommended by @MattCoco.

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