Clive Collins

Clive Collins is the author of two novels, The Foreign Husband (Marion Boyars, 1989) and Sachiko’s Wedding (Marion Boyars, 1990/Penguin Books, 1991). Misunderstandings (Marion Boyars, 1993), a collection of short stories, was joint-winner of the Macmillan Silver PEN Award in 1994. His short fiction has appeared in magazines and has featured on BBC radio. Most recently, he was a short-listed finalist in the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Stories by Clive Collins

Heart Trouble

Illustrated by Lakshmy Mathur

In his sixties now and yet Delaney found his heart still mocked him. His dream of Maeve — the man she was with so tall Delaney had woken with his neck sore from looking up at him — fretted the morning so that he burnt the bacon, broke the eggs and ended up feeding Pauline, …


That Good Night

Illustrated by Cait Maloney

The restaurant the entertainments committee had chosen for the Department’s annual hello/goodbye dinner was an odd place, or so Finnegan thought. A tall, narrow cube five storeys high, it was painted black inside and out and, once he had found the place, seemed to Finnegan to consist entirely of a staircase off of which, at …