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Bite-sized: 50 great short stories, chosen by Hilary Mantel, George Saunders and more

“The Tribute” by Jane Gardam (1980) John McGahern and Annie Proulx are among my favourite authors, but to dispel gloom I choose this story from Jane Gardam’s 1980 collection The Sidmouth Letters. Reading this gleeful story in my expatriate days, I recognised the cast of “diplomatic wives”, trailing inebriate husbands through the ruins of empire.…