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Short story vending machines

We’re sure you know the pain of sitting on public transport with nothing to read. Your eyes dart around for somewhere to rest. You try desperately to avoid eye contact with other passengers. You look at your phone, but it’s died, and your soul has passed on with it.

Thankfully someone’s come up with a solution – other than re-reading the same real estate advert for your entire journey.

In Jubilee Place, Churchill Place, and Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf, you’ll now find special vending machines.

No, we’re not talking about replacing your reading with snacking. These vending machines aren’t for crisps and chocolate, but instead dish out short stories for commuters.

Each machine prints out short stories in a range of genres, including crime, feel-good fiction, and condensed stories from authors including Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens.

They also contain an exclusive story written by British author Anthony Horowitz, called Mrs Robinson; a whodunnit designed to be read in less than a minute. All the short stories are free, so you don’t have to worry about rooting around in your pockets for spare change. You simply press the button, get a story, and take it with you to read on your train. Lovely, right?

Anthony Horowitz said, ‘I’ve always loved the challenge of the short story – creating a whole world in just a few pages. So I was very happy to write Mr Robinson for Canary Wharf’s brilliant new Short Story Stations. Here’s a whodunnit, complete with suspects and clues, that can be started and finished in just a minute. I hope it will entertain tube travellers who will know, at least, that they won’t have the frustration of having to get off before the end!’

Short Edition’s Short Story Stations are being placed in London’s Canary Wharf after success in France and Hong Kong. The idea is to get us to fall back in love with reading, making access to short stories as easy as possible so we don’t just keep our eyes glued to our phones. Metro


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