The Underwear Thief, short story in the anthology 'The Draft: Stories from the Warwick MA in Writing'

Dimitris Melicertes

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The Draft is a showcase of fresh voices from the 2010-2011 MA in Writing at Warwick. The stories collected here question and affirm, conjure and transport, sizzle and look at you sideways. The authors find equal wonder in the strange and the everyday, and limn their fictions in fine language. Rooted in many different countries and backgrounds, they come together in a mosaic of diverse styles and fresh storytelling. Dip in and discover the literary talent of tomorrow.

'...there is a fierce joy about the pieces here: a sense that authors are revelling in making the impossible believable, taking a delight in acts of creation.' A. L. Kennedy

'The writers in this anthology demand to be taken seriously as storytellers and their inscriptions burn clearly in the memory.' Fred D'Aguiar


(from 'The Underwear Thief')

Ignacio was opening drawers, running skilled fingers along their interior. Covered in slim black gloves, his hands performed the task in the dark better than his eyes. The small suitcase at his feet already contained several pieces of expensive jewellery, a camera, a pair of swanky sunglasses, a big ornate key. And a bra. Apart from everything else, Ignacio enjoyed taking a piece of his victim’s underwear. A pair of stockings, a G-string –especially if a beautiful woman lived in the house he was breaking into– sometimes a bra. Little by little he had created a personal collection of mismatched lingerie. When the Russian girl returned, perhaps she’d notice that among other possessions she was missing a bra, the sheer one with the flowers patterns. Ignacio nursed a soft spot for women’s brassieres. [...]

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Draft: Stories from the Warwick Ma in Writing
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherBall Bearing Press
ISBN (Print)978-0-9566700-1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Short Story Anthology

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