William Bedford

William Bedford wrote a doctoral thesis on Norman Mailer at Sheffield University, completing it in 1979. He has latterly been teaching in London.

Story: ‘Afternoons’

William Bedford, 7 November 1985

The sea froze that winter. The shallow tidal run rippled over the shores and then froze to a solid sheet. Ice formed on the groynes and the metal struts of the pier. The bait diggers had to break through two inches of ice to dig for the buried lugworms. It was the coldest winter for decades, and the men on the lockpit had to work shifts to prevent the harbour gates freezing.

Asking too much

Stephen Wall, 22 February 1990

Susan Minot’s volume is a slim one, and some of the pieces in it will not placate those who complain that short stories are too often too short, rather as one might hold it against the...

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