The Complete Short Stories of A. A. Milne; a charming collection to dip in and dip out

Like everyone else, I knew of A. A. Milne as being the creator of one of the most well-known characters in literature – Winnie-the-Pooh. I also knew something of the author’s life from watching the film Goodbye Christopher Robin (I seem to remember crying my heart out at that movie). However it wasn’t until I received an email from Anne Cater from Random Things Tours inviting me to the blog tour of the soon to be released The Complete Short Stories of A. A. Milne, that I realised he was a prolific writer, including many short stories for adults.

Being an English Literature graduate who has always been interested in the classics, I was very intrigued. Hence I jumped at the chance to be part of the blog tour of A. A. Milne’s first ever complete collection of short stories for grown-ups.

Spanning a period of almost 40 years (or even more as some of the stories are undated), I have found that the stories I have read so far are observant and real, with a lovely dry wit that made me smile. The first story in the collection is written in 1914, with the last dated one written in 1953, around two or three years before A. A. Milne’s death in 1956.

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One of the things that I really like in all the stories is the intimate style of Milne’s writing, making me feel that he is addressing me directly, or confiding in me as a friend. Two stories that I particularly enjoyed are Call Me Sally, which has a brilliant, clever twist, and The Birthday Party, which written in 1948, portrays a typical family gathering, which is so humorous and relatable.

The complete works is almost 600 pages long, so I am sure I can be forgiven for not reading all the short stories yet. However that is one of the great gifts of reading a collection of short stories as you can easily dip in and dip out, yet still get all the benefits that reading brings; such as deeper knowledge, the ability to empathise more and an increase in wellbeing. The stories in this particular collection range in length from around five pages to just over twenty pages.

The Complete Short Stories of A. A. Milne is due to be published in paperback in July 2024. I have really enjoyed the stories I have read so far and am looking forward to reading the others. I think this collection will also make a lovely present for any book lovers.

Thank you to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to the blog tour of this charming collection. To follow the blog tour, please see below.

Happy reading everyone! 🙂

1 Comment

  1. April 3, 2024 / 3:37 pm

    Thanks for the blog tour support x

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