In November 2022 Graham Swift’s short story “Hinges” was published in the

New Yorker

. Best known for the Booker-prize-winner

Last Orders

(1996) and the ever popular


(1983), Swift is less recognised for short fiction. In a critically acclaimed writing career which spans over four decades and was launched through short stories in the late 1970s, Swift has published two short-fiction collections. Over thirty years separate the publication of these two volumes:

Learning to Swim and Other Stories

in 1982,

England and Other Stories

in 2014.

Most of the eleven stories in Learning to Swim and Other Stories had already been published in various literary periodicals and anthologies of new writing before Swift’s first novel, The Sweet-Shop Owner (1980), appeared. “In those days I

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Citation: Logotheti, Anastasia. ""Hinges"". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 January 2023 [, accessed 15 April 2024.]

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