Anyone wishing to read a book of stories that mesmerizes you like the first stories you ever heard need look no further than The Stories of Eva Luna. The framing premise is that Eva and her lover Rolf have relaxed after an amorous encounter, and now Rolf wishes Eva to tell him a story. From the bed, Eva spins 23 amazing stories drawing from fairy tales, magic realism, the chaotic history of Latin America, and the reality (including dream reality) of women’s contemporary and past lives.
Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American writer famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (1982) and City of the Beasts (2002), which have been commercially successful. Allende’s novels are often based upon her personal experience and historical events and pay homage to the lives of women, while weaving together elements of myth and realism. She has lectured and toured many American colleges to teach literature. Fluent in English as a second language, Allende was granted United States citizenship in 1993, having lived in California with her American husband since 1989.
New Entries – The Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende at No.1, and A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses by Tammy Ruggles at No.7.
Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press, Sampson Low and Pluto Press (2 entries each).
Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).
TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS
1 (-) The Stories of Eva Luna – Isabel Allende (Atheneum, 1990)
2 (1) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, July 2009)
3 (4) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, Oct. 2005)
4 (2) party glass – Kezia Cole (Independently published, Sept. 2017)
5 (10) Future Dentist – Molly Bergin (Sampson Low Ltd, Sept 2017)
6 (5) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jan 1987)
7 (-) A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses – Tammy Ruggles (Independently published, date unknown)
8 (3) Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski (Sampson Low Ltd, Nov 2015)
9 (7) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jun 1978)
10 (8) The Fear – Emily Land (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2017)