3.5 out of 5 stars

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Almost everyone has been an outsider in their life at one point or another. Most people are then admitted into that particular inner circle, but there are some that never fit in and are always on the outside looking in. This collection of short stories from fifteen authors, both well-known and new is their take on this subject.

The theme of outsiders has been interpreted in many different ways by each of the authors. Because the authors have had free reign to write about whatever took their fancy we have stories that are fantasy, science fiction and even horror. Some of them take a gentle view of this subject and others have strong characters and storylines. Interestingly this is one of the first books that I have read that has trigger warnings for some of the subject matters covered in the stories.

I don’t think that there was a story that I didn’t like in this collection, though I did have some that I really liked, see below. Reading a story from the perspective of a group that you might not be familiar with encourages empathy and understanding. If you want a collection that seeks to redefine what it feels like to be an outsider then this is as good a place as any to start

Three Favourite Stories
To Peel An Orange

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