Literary

 

Chiara
Alwyn Marriage
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What the story of St Clare doesn't tell... In this poem, Alwyn Marriage suggests that St Clare (1194-1253) may be a rather more interesting figure than history suggests. Clare Offreduccio (Chiara) was a normal, healthy and enthusiastic teenager until she was swept off her feet by the dashing young Francis, whom she heard preach with passion. Abandoning her previous life to follow him, she devoted herself to a life of chastity and charity. Images of St Clare in art tend to depict her as an icon of humble obedience and purity, but there may well be more to the story than that. While not wishing to diminish Clare's genuine piety and good works at all, this story suggests that Clare's obvious love of St Francis was more full-blooded and passionate than the official stories have suggested, and that ending up in a convent was not quite what Clare had in mind. (Please note: This is a poem, rather than a story)
The On-and-On Tin
Sean McSweeney
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“When she first arrived they said nothing to her, they just looked. An ordinary enough woman, halfway through her life perhaps … modest and respectful, but they were shocked at this female on her own… She said her village had been wiped out in a mudslide, she alone had survived… The gods favoured her, then? No, she said, just lucky.” (from Too Much Too Soon) Across twenty bite-size flash-fiction stories of no more than 500 words each, the reader can travel from Pre-Conquest Latin America to Post-Catastrophe Britain; or see inside the mind of Don Quixote’s horse and the mind of an impatient would-be suicide bomber; or meet the mythological character who delights in other people’s dilemmas and the woman who decided not to tell the world about her supernatural experiences. Perhaps you will find the answer to questions you never thought to ask: What was the real effect of The Great Plague? And how did British cities end up with such woeful transport provision? If you get annoyed when others try to tell you what to feel, you’ll sympathise with Jeffery in “Che Bello!” And if some people just leave you exhausted but you don’t understand why, you’ll sympathise with Eddie in “Is This a Law of Thermodynamics?”
Esquimaux
Lillian Aldus
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A young couple are taken on a life-changing journey. A story based on real events.
The Swan
Lillian Aldus
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A young woman tries to escape her stifling and superstitious community.
Mr H's Angels
Jo Reardon
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London in the eighteenth century is no place to raise a child alone, without money or a place to live. Lili knows that the only hope her son has of living a better life is to take him to the Foundling Hospital where he might, if he's lucky, find a place in Mr Handel's famous choir. ('Mr H's Angels' was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Short Story Prize in 2014)
Tell Us a Joke
Sean McSweeney
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Nigel is long past his peak, and a string of trivial incidents during a boozy day at the pub bring it home to him. Memories of times gone by are of no solace when you don't get the respect you think you deserve.
The Prosperous Dutchman
Carmen Nina Walton
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An ambitious artist seeks to reconnect with influential figures from his past.
Family Gatherings
Carmen Nina Walton
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Ahead of a visit from her returning sister, a woman considers the effect of her father on their family.
Days to Come
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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A collection of eight short speculative fictions with a Lake District flavour.
Clouds of Glory
Lawrence Freiesleben
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Back in the early 1970's, three ten-year old friends go up town to cause trouble.
Grow and Warm the Earth
Greg Lawrence
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Everyone hits Paul Doe, the teacher's pet. But what happens when you don't?
Broken
Anne Jenner
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A woman leaving town decides to have a farewell drink with her ex-partner.
Shooting Stars
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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Memories around a short-term summer job years ago still linger.
The White Dog Of Barafundle Bay
Lynda Nash
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A soldier home on leave sees things he cannot quite believe and finds his wife in a strange, compromising position. "The Boathouse Café had an air about it that suggested sea and sand. If it had been inland patrons would have drank their coffee, eaten their scones and felt nostalgic for the beach without knowing why. It was the décor, Phillip decided. Crisp white walls, low beams, driftwood picture frames, and a candy striped canopy over the ice-cream booth outside. He ordered a fried egg and sausage bap but the assistant with a tattoo on her boney arm, written in a script he couldn’t decipher, informed him that it was after eleven o’clock. They didn’t serve breakfast after eleven, but since when had fried egg and sausage become solely breakfast food? Had he been away that long? If he decided to take the next tour – Middle East, Mosul or Marshhad no doubt – would he come back to find soup sold at lunchtime only or teacakes served only after three in the afternoon? The girl’s lip curled when she spoke to him as if he were the hundredth person to ask for sausage and egg that day. Did she have no respect for a uniform? For all he knew she might have thought his clothes were fancy dress and him, just another case of too much sun to the head. The sun had a lot to answer for in these parts..."
Lullaby
Lawrence Freiesleben
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From a gently insidious dystopian future, a woman looks back on her life and the true love she knows she missed out on. Finally, she remains undismayed, confident that the human span isn't everything.
How To Become Unseen
Helen Pizzey
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A handy beginners' guide to invisibility. "First, remove all colour from your wardrobe – especially white; white is eye-catching and stands out in a crowd..."
The Night Study
David Phelps
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A Danish painter is driven into exile by his father. But he can never escape the chains of the family's dark secrets.
Twenty-Five Tenpenny Tales
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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A collection of twenty five flash fictions. Most of these were written during 2016/17 although a handful date from earlier. The Flash Fiction label is a mixed blessing, not least because it doesn’t seem to have settled down yet into any specific meaning. Discussion centres around that word flash. American originators of the term meant the flash of a single white page being turned. Some writers I know feel the story should have some sort of jolt, or flash, at the end: Ta Dah! All except one of the stories here are less than 500 words. Other than that, they are simply short stories, as varied as any other group of stories I might produce, joined perhaps by the one facet I look for in all short stories, however long or short, that they have a narrator who knows why he, she, or it, is telling the story!
Contributory Culpability
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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Morning walks, an irrational fear, and a story of past, lethal transgression revealed.
Second Honeymoon
Kate Mitchell
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During her anniversary holiday in Egypt, Judy decides that one honeymoon is one too many, and it's time for a change.
Sand
Kate Mitchell
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Eclipsed
Kate Mitchell
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Dan has persuaded Amanda to accompany him on a cruise of the Faro Islands, to see the eclipse. But are they being followed? In this chilling tale, we find Dan must make hard decisions, in order to safeguard his marriage.
Background Music
Sue Wilsea
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Opportunity could be about to knock for a young musician.
Dawn Chorus
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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On the road, escaping from a confrontation a young man unexpectedly returns home, but when his friend retells the story, does he get it right?
Rebirth in Earth
Alyson Morris
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An estranged daughter goes to her father's funeral.
Voiceless It Cries
SG Fisher
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With a subtle spice of gingerbread in the air, a lonely woman walks where the wind guides her. A suburban fairy tale, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson's early works.
Bin Day
Wendy Gill
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A woman in a controlling marriage is liberated by an unfortunate turn of events.
Reaching You
Ceinwen E. Cariad Haydon
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A story about friendship, loss and seemingly supernatural forces that may or may not be the product of a disturbed mind.
The Tower Block
Neil Randall
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A multi-generational story, set in a tower block in London, told from the POV of a brick in a wall.
Cut Back Flat
Andy Gaskins
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Double the rent or half a flat. Your choice.
The Best Laid Plans
Prue Leith
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Helen is someone who takes hosting Christmas very seriously. Everything is planned to the last detail. But things don't always go the we plan them to.
By the River
Sue Wilsea
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Terrible things happen down by the river: it is a place of despair where humans do their worst to each other. Yet it is also a place where ghosts can be laid to rest. In this story, originally published in Umber (2011), the voices of a bereaved 60 year old woman, a teenage boy who’s lost his way in life and a murdered Viking are woven into a dark story of revenge and tragedy.
Cloud 9
Naomi Richardson
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Morgan is concerned about her mother...
The Daddy In The Box
Naomi Richardson
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It’s early 1950’s and 4-year-old Ruth is embarking on a new phase of her young life. She’s off to live at the seaside, with her great aunts, Constance, Rose and Pearly Trice. The story covers the next few years of Ruth’s life as she struggles to come to terms with the mystery surrounding her father and the bewildering behaviour of adults.
Where the Four Winds Meet
Arlene Pearson
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Where the Four Winds Meet is the first novella in a Trilogy. This story reveals the emotional journey through time of one man as he tries to discover how his biological father really died. ‘I’m fifty-two years old and today I saw a picture of my father for the very first time. Can you imagine how that feels?’ Bobby is about to open Pandora’s Box to unlock the secrets of his past – but is he prepared for the turbulent secrets which are about to be revealed about his biological father? ‘You know when I was in Germany? A woman came to me and she said, “‘Your husband’s given me a baby as well.’” How will the two immensely different scenarios, one good, one bad, impact upon the present and especially upon his two sons, a moody wannabe rock star and a ghostbuster who falls for a mental medium? ‘He was a wonderful man you know, your father. Such a lovely brother to have.’ Bobby uncovers what he believes is the truth and resolves to let the past go – until it surfaces once more to haunt him.
No One Ever
Sean McSweeney
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“Many who waded through the water coloured it with their blood, wine-red – a new meaning for the wine-dark sea of legend…” The battle of Marathon, fought in a time of treachery, danger and intense fear and superstition, was a military disaster for the Persians. But it was not the end of danger for Greece, and the courier’s famous triumphant journey, commemorated in the Olympic race, carried a frightening secret: “His own shadow, long and thin in front of him, was like a rope pulling him towards Athens; as he neared his destination so it gradually shortened, so the sun rose, so the enemy fleet moved towards Phalerum.” What of the Athenian runner himself? Surely, there was no way he could have known how his feat would be celebrated: “Thousands upon thousands of people running. In all the known world, and even lands beyond.” He would surely not have known or cared how fast he was running. And he would not have been able to predict that two messengers, not one, would be named in the annals. Or would he?
My Mind's Eye
Jo Reardon
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Anna Maria is an opera singer who, following an accident, has forgotten how to sing. She starts to find her voice again in the most unlikely place and with the most unlikely people, in a place of sanctuary where the strangest character of all is a young boy whom only she can see.
The Summerhouse
Sue Wilsea
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David wants to give his wife Kate everything she didn't have before meeting him: security, a nice home, another baby. He wants to be a good step-dad to Josh and erase the memories of Tom, Kate's first love and Josh's father. But none of this seems enough for Kate and after the birth of their daughter she slips into depression, her only solace the run-down summerhouse at the bottom of their garden. When David discovers what he thinks is her betrayal he sets out on a path of destruction. (The Summerhouse, a novella, was shortlisted for Gateway's New Fictions prize in late 2014)
Beyond Her Scream
Katherine Blessan
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‘Beyond Her Scream’ is the story of a mother-daughter relationship strained by the effects of FGM. It is set against a background of cross-cultural differences and contrasting worldviews. It contains some graphic descriptions which may not be suitable for younger readers.
Do They Know it's Christmas?
Linda Cracknell
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Set in Edinburgh's 'Sick Kids' Hospital, this heart-warming seasonal tale tells of a cleaner's interest in the Ebola crisis during the festive season in 2014, a seemingly lonely young girl, and the connections his kindness enables. ‘I held the tip of the pen against the window. Jeez, I’d not drawn a thing since primary school. It was a bit squint but you could tell it was a star. The expression on her face didn’t change but I saw a wee click in her eyes. I started on a Christmas tree.’ A story written as part of Linda Cracknell’s writer’s residency at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children, illustrated by Cate James. All author’s royalties go to the Sick Kids Friends Foundation http://www.edinburghsickkids.org/ Scottish Charity No. SC020862.
Final Accounts
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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Ten flash fictions of last words, last actions, and last loves.
Dual Carriageway
Claire Collison
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An unexpected twist in the closing frames of an old home movie sends Rose hurtling back to her childhood - a time and a place where no one else's parents were divorcing, and where stepmothers were as exotic as shop-bought cake. Revisiting her memories of glamorous part-time fathers and fortnightly treats, Rose unpicks the unspoken adult acrimony, and the childish confusion: "Each time they were returned to her with their bounty she was tight-lipped and unimpressed, flattening their ebullience to a shapeless guilt, their double bind of love and loyalty teaching them early to suppress their enthusiasm in her company." Dual Carriageway is about parents and children, and how complicated it all is.
Morning Tea
Rebekah Clarkson
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A woman and her young daughter are invited for morning tea at a the home of her ex-husband and his new wife. A story about the distance between how people want things to be and how they really are.
The Green Coat
Sheila Ryan
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A young girl from a poor family walks to and from her job in a factory in clothes ill suited to the cold winter weather. Her father, despite their lack of money, thinks something should be done about this.
The Lacquered Box
Elaine Ewart
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Yasuko works in a brothel in Tokyo. One night she is visited by a new client...
Our Lady of the Iguanas
Caroline Pitcher
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How will Graciela cope with the spells and the men now Granny is gone? Bring on the Iguanas.... "The alarm snake swayed above her bed. He hissed until Graciela opened her eyes, then spiralled back into the roof. Job done. Graciela could take her time in the mornings now there was no old woman to clean up. She fetched water and washed, lifting her hair away from her neck and spearing it with pins of shell. She struggled into the blue cotton dress and wrapped her shawl around herself, so that nothing could move. The straw hat, big as a planet, waited on the rocking chair. Granny’s voice whispered, Wear the hat, Graciela. Wear it as your crown."
Untouchable
Merryn Glover
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Laxmi, a girl from the lowest caste of a village in the remote west of Nepal, is told that she is the unlucky kind. But, resourceful and fiercely protective of her sister and niece, she is determined that low birth will not ruin their lives. All profits from this story go to aid work in Nepal.
How Quietly Things Fall
Hannah Glancy
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How do we cope with loss? If we don't cope, can we ever come back? An exploration of grief.
Feathers
L J Shaughnessy
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The story is about urban alienation and redemption and focuses on a despondent young woman whose life changes following a freak zoological event.
Sexton Way
Colette Coen
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It's Hallowe'en and the residents of Sexton Way gather for a street party. Both the living and the dead.
Personal Calls
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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A mobile phone in the wrong hands, can lead to who knows what messages in the wrong ears...
Providence
Lara Bardsley
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Providence is a collection of three short memoirs. The stories reveal a mother haunted by the loss of her family. Her child becomes a woman, shaped by the loss of her ancestors, deepened by the compassion for the suffering she witnessed and the resilience that grew from it.
B Movie
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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Some people you just shouldn't push.
Hollows
Stephen Tyson
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At the end of a long hot summer holiday, as family conflicts simmer, the unexpected appearance of a stranger tests and then shatters the bond of friendship between two boys. Excerpt: ''During the last summer holidays before I started secondary school, my father decided to dig a pond in the back garden. I think my mother must have encouraged him, because she loved animals and wild flowers. Large yellow and white dog daisies sprawled over the rim of the broad earthenware vase on the sill behind the sink, competing for space with the bamboo wind chimes that tinkled whenever the window was open. Even when my mother wasn't washing up, she'd often rest her hands on the edge of the draining board and watch as a robin or some other feathered visitor plucked a nut from the wire cylinder that hung from the bird table''.
White Rabbits
Stephen Tyson
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Paul Marshall appeared out of nowhere. The hazy autumn sky had just started to darken, and I was sitting in the bus-shelter killing time.
Platform Souls
Colette Coen
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A woman waits for her friend on a station concourse even though she knows she will never arrive. Winner of the 2012 Waterstones' Crime in the City Competition
Red Sky at Night
Colette Coen
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A family's new life in Australia is threatened by a bush fire, but this is not the first time the family have had to run from fire. This story won the Eileen Gilmour Creative Writing Competition in 2009
Winemakers' Soup
Carmen Nina Walton
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A young woman discovers something that threatens the family traditions that keep her safe.
A Garden Of Love And Paradise Along The lane
G. F. Phillips
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Set in the mid 1960s, Tim Bristow is a teenager who cannot make a decision for himself and always does what his mates want to do. Religion, sex and the idea of the body have their part to play in this tale.
Ladies of the Soil
Gill Blow
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A poignant story of how a broken piece of porcelain and a biscuit tin crammed with packets of seeds allow a couple to confront the tragedy in their lives.
The Monet Exhibition
Philip Mervyn
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Sometimes you just can't see the big picture. It's all too confusing and you need to put a bit of distance between yourself and what you're trying to see. I could see you, but things still weren't really clear.
How It Begins
Philip Mervyn
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There you are, minding your own business, trying to get this jigsaw started and there's a knock at the door. Who is this strange woman? Actually, she does look a little familiar, and she seems to know who you are. But you have to be careful. Don't trust anyone. Even the inanimate objects are out to get you...
'Give You A Game?'
Michael Thomas
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A coming of age tale...but what kind of age, and can this boy bear it?
Fly!
Csilla Toldy
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The Gracie and Bella War
Sandra Horn
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Nobody knew exactly when or why the war started. Some people thought it was Fred's earrings, but it went back a long way before that.
Jackdaws
C H Widestroke
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Will felt like he was getting closer to understanding what they meant, in a way. He would sit on the grass and look up, watching, listening and letting their truth come to him. If he forced it too much, it would not be the truth. That mattered.
Thrice Deny Me
Albert Woods
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Strange goings on at the parish church. Good Friday's not so good.
Boxed In
Leela Soma
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A story about the plight of the many children working in the fireworks factories of India. It is important that the voices of such people are heard through literature.
Box of Bananas
David Sebastian
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A college drama student finds himself in the lead role of an improvised omnibus production.
Dark Veil
Terence D Forster
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There was nowhere to hide from this sightless pain that struck me to the ground, in fear of my life.
Coal Is Our Life
Terence D Forster
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Danger, drudgery; male solidarity and female oppression summed up life in the colliery villages in County Durham during much of the nineteenth century.
Cabbages
Terence D Forster
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Africa and a Hippo named Nelly
Wendy's Gift
Paul Ariss
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A struggling writer's interest in an abandoned car reflects how small his life has become. That is until the car starts to beckon him in the dead of night.
A Flash In The Dark
Rosie Cullen
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A collection of three disturbingly dark flashes of fiction, Insomnia, In The End and LOL.
Snails A La Mexicana
Rosie Cullen
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Consuela exacts a unique revenge on her philandering husband Arturo - inspired by a true story!
Between the Pages
Roland Glover
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From between the pages of the very last book I picked up, fell a sheet of paper. Stained manila with ragged edge where it had been ripped from a journal. The network of creases, suggestive of the roads and railways on a map, showed that once torn from its source it had been crumpled and perhaps thrown across the room.
Fight or Flight
Roland Glover
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A woman finds escape from her tortured life in a mysterious flight of fancy.
The Beach Hut
Anna Reynolds
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When I first saw the beach hut I realised it would probably be more expensive than a two bedroom town house. I pictured the agent’s face; the mocking laughter, shrieking down her phone to colleagues; ‘She thinks she can afford a beach hut!’
Flatland (2) Lesley
Suzanne Bowen
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The second of two companion stories about people returning to their south-coast hometown. Both have disappointments and something to conceal.
Flatland (1) Tony
Suzanne Bowen
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The first of two companion stories about people returning, in disappointment, to live in their south-coast hometown. Both have something to conceal.
A Walk In The Park
Daniel Touré
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Following an argument with her husband, Cara decides to take a walk in the park. There she meets an elderly man. The two begin to talk. Their conversation reveals startling insights and a troubled situation left to wither in the past.
Black Cat
Megan Palmer
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A flash fiction - a man is ominously pursued. What is he fleeing from? What is following him? Will he manage to escape?
The Blatherskite
Terence D Forster
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Two sisters, one sister quiet and assuring and one sister a little overwhelming and demanding.
Adel's New Bride
Terence D Forster
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A young Arab woman is to be married to an older man already with wives and children. He crosses the desert with his family to the town of Asyut where she sits on the roof tops crying in vain.
Wearing Silk
Katharine Grant
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The best promises are very hard to keep.
The Man Who Met Himself
Roland Glover
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A man has an encounter with his doppleganger and sees himself in a different light. Their meeting has a knock on effect for not only him but his wife too. His wife begins to warm to this stranger to devestating effect.
The Proximity of Strangers
Lisa Samson
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A young man follows a young woman out of a tube station.
Waterlogged
Lisa Samson
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An old woman trapped by floods.
Night Fight at the Zoo
G. F. Phillips
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A story about a grudge match that invokes a background of class as competition, strong passions and a sought-after revenge.
The Healer
Caroline Boobis
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Propelled thousands of miles away by childhood grief, Trish's search for happiness takes some unusual twists and turns.
Black Isle Secrets
Caroline Boobis
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Jake escapes his old life only to discover that things may not be what they seem on the idyllic 'Black Isle'.
Horror Story
Paul Sutton Reeves
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A boat trip on the fens with the ghost of Conrad.
Satanic Snarl
Nancy Charley
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Tasha has just moved into her new house, hoping for friendly neighbours. Instead she is faced with Satanic Snarl.
Exodus
Angela Huskisson
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Twelve workers trapped underground working on a momentous project. But 'God' has other ideas.
Closing in Five
Colin Watts
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I was sitting with Sal in the Strawberry Fields café on Penny Lane. Sal of the orange hair, black leggings and red lipstick. Sal, with the dark voice, who I fancied something rotten. Sal, who scared the shit out of me...
Prairie Rain
Cherry Potts
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A flash fiction set on a porch in Illinois
The Real Me
F. Linday
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This is a new adult story about a student called Nicky. She juggles caring responsibility challenges alongside attempting to have a social life.
Endings
Geoff Poundes
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A forty-something man attends a friends funeral up North, and has a strange encounter with an old lover, and with the local characters...
Eye of the Beholder
Cherry Potts
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Bill keeps seeing the same woman on his way to and from the train - at least, he thinks she's the same woman...
Starkridge
Cherry Potts
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Hell hath no fury like a mountain underestimated, and on one bleak spring day just about everyone underestimates the Old Woman, with disasterous consequences.
Loving Imogen
Mari Biella
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When Daniel finds two runaways hiding in his cellar, he is charmed by their youth and innocence. As he soon learns, however, Imogen and Leo are hiding a dark secret. LOVING IMOGEN is a novella of approximately 32,000 words.
A Feast of Flash Fictions
Brindley Hallam Dennis
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Ten Flash Fictions, from 449 to 96 words short. Illicit affairs and railroad crashes, murderous spouses and vengeful neighbours.
Another Broken Heart
Leyla Leyton
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Jeff had betrayed Sandra in the worst possible way and now he wants to come back!
The Power of Love
Leyla Leyton
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As Carol looked back on that terrible time she soon discovered that she was not alone.
Love Is All That Matters
Leyla Leyton
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A grieving woman looking back on happy times and in the process discovers something which she never knew which finally gives her the peace she desperately needs.
All Hallows
Cherry Potts
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Keith's obsession with naming things, and with Gerda the newspaper seller outside his office, leads him into danger.
Milo and the Millennium Bug
Leslie Wilkie
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Much has been written about the effects of the millennium bug...I was responsible for saving my crew from this dreadful disease...
The Medicine Man
Leslie Wilkie
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A Ship's doctor's trials and tribulations.
Red Geranium
Sue Dean
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From riches to rags in Los Angeles
Suenos
Sue Dean
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A young Cuban chambermaid who dreams of becoming a poet
Dummies Don't Talk
Ray Lawrence
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Lenny Waterman thought he could throw his voice. He couldn't - as a Ventriloquist he would have given Archie Andrews palpitations - and then he met with a mysterious old Romany lady who gave him a gift that would change his life forever...
A Sheila called Sheila
Leslie Wilkie
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Students take gap years between A levels and university - I took mine when my wife left me for the milkman...
Waiting for the Agent
Barbara Hawthorne
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This story is about a pensioner waiting for the Estate Agent to show him around the house he was born in.
The Trap
Tony Lawrence
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I sit here, watching, waiting for everyone to come. Behind these bars, my life is never ending. I see them come, I see them go. No one escapes my attention.
A Rat's Tale
G Mills
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Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Doctor Dominic du Mortier and I am a hundred and sixty one years old. No no, stay where you are please. It’s not that I’m unwilling to shake your hand, please don’t think that. It’s really more a case of my being unable. Permit me to explain. I am beyond reach. And behind glass. And a rodent. Nothing special you understand – just a Rattus norvegicus, or a common brown rat to you. Oh yes, and dead. Did I mention that?
Leaving The Garden
Suzanne Bowen
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Maureen the Assistant Librarian has spent a night in her suburban garden, having drunk too much champagne at a high class midsummer party in the Holland Park garden of her work colleague Adrian, whose style, wealth and exalted friends raise the question of why he is still working in the Library. As the perfect midsummer night passes into dawn and Maureen thinks about the events of that party, her solitary existence seems to be coming to a crisis – but someone - or something – has followed her home and is in the garden with her.
Taking Your Clothes Off in the Dark
Anne Jenner
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It's only the intrepid who venture into the world of arranged romance. Amelia casts her fate to the winds of change and learns that not all migrating birds make it home safely.
Three
Kathleen Jones
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Ursula has taken a job as an intern, working for a world famous artist in Tuscany. But he has a beautiful wife. Soon Ursula is locked in a triangular relationship and she dreams of mythical beasts emerging from the pine forests.
The Absence of Henry Swail
Kathleen Jones
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Henry Swail went missing years ago in peculiar circumstances. No one knows why he left or where he is now. Officially, he’s presumed dead. But who is this strange man asking about him?
Jazz Cafe
Kathleen Jones
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Kate is a jazz singer, living happily with her musician husband. That is, until Maggi comes to stay.
Living With The Dead
Kathleen Jones
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Ellie works in a mortuary and lives on the premises. And then she falls in love with someone her employers consider totally unsuitable.
Pearls
Kathleen Jones
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Aine is a wet nurse on a big estate in 19th century Ireland and her life is in danger unless she can escape. But how can she leave the child? And where is she to get the money to go to America.
Sloe Gin
Fritha Waters
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How do people become the way they are? Old age disguises stories of long ago which the young could never imagine. Why does Mabel especially drink when the black thorn is in bloom?
Waiting for Sister Constance
Jenny Vaughan
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This is the story a day in the life of eleven-year-old Sara. Like thousands of other children in southern Africa, she’s an orphan, and she’s looking after her younger brothers and sisters. A kindly nun, Sister Constance, is due to visit the family today – but she’s late, and Sara is getting worried. Will she come? What if she doesn’t? Why hasn’t she come? What will the children do if Sister Constance doesn’t turn up?
Stress
Anne Colledge
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A bad day at work gets out of hand.
The Emancipation of Margot Feather
Elizabeth Stott
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Margot could have danced, but she bashes away on an old typewriter in her husband's carpet business. Feather's Carpet Empire had never amounted to much, and had her husband listened to her, things could have been very different. But, one day, she hears a voice from the fire escape...
One Of My Passengers Is Missing
Ray Lawrence
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Benny Green is worried - passengers are vanishing from his taxi cab and the Police are getting interested. Where are they vanishing to? Benny is desperate to find out...
Stanley and Nat
Anne Caldwell
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A coming of age story about a young boy, his greyhound and first love
Requiem
Edward Cartner
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A retired soldier and widower visits a war grave and so discovers the identity of his father.
The Waiting Room
Helen Stockton
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If you've ever sat in a doctor's waiting room, wondering how long you are going to have to wait and what you're going to catch whilst you're waiting, then this is the story for you...
Jill-in-the-Box
Albert Woods
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Jeremy wonders if he's going mad. Everybody else can see reporter Jill Gibbs on the TV. Why can't he?
Three-Card Brag
G. F. Phillips
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See the hand a citizen has to play when he becomes too big for his small town, and, according to the local authorities, stands in the way of progress by his action.
Never Said A Word
Ian Cassidy
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Daisy unwittingly stumbles on the preparations for a terrorist attack and this leads to her finding out far more than she needs to about the relationship between her mom and the leader of the bombers.
Disappointed
Ian Cassidy
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Following the death of her husband Nellie makes a return journey to one of their favorite haunts, only to discover it is not the same without him.
Follow the Brolly
Leslie Wilkie
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My first impression of the cruise liner was of a great white block of flats...
Into Space
Suzanne Bowen
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Big JUNE lives alone in her childhood home, a large house in suburban South London. She has been there since 1954 and no-one has re-decorated since 1973. Anyone noticing June thinks she’s odd; people keep their distance. One day, a stranger - a young woman called Lottie - walks in uninvited and starts to ask questions. Over the months, June and the house seem to reveal their secrets. June loves Space and especially, the star of the TV Sci-fi programme to which she is addicted. Lottie helps June to transform her life, build her telescope and finally prepares her to leave to pursue her dream. But where has Lottie gone?
Stop, Look and Listen
Akeem Balogun
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Stop, Look and Listen is a short collection of flash fiction pieces. It features Escape, a story about a son who wants to keep his parents together for the sake of his father, Mannequin, a creepy tale about a husband and his wife's disappearance, as well as the titular story Stop, Look and Listen, an exploration of life through instructions. The collection also includes other pieces by Akeem Balogun that have appeared in various publications throughout his writing career. Stop, Look and Listen is an enjoyable read that will appeal to all fans of the short story form as well as to any reader who is entertained by writing that is precise, fun and thought-provoking.
Find The Lady
Ian Cassidy
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A small time shop keeper brings his crooked ways to a provincial town, introducing his customers to boozing gambling and sex.
Just a Toenail Away
Sylvia Petter
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Al Gore, the Internet, the Algonquin Hotel and perhaps some misconceptions.
The Colour of Haze
Sylvia Petter
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'The Colour of Haze'[is] about the Nazis [and] is especially pungent. Every kid knew there was a row back then but didn't know what it was about. The past can be disturbing for children, too. - Trevor Reeves, Southern Ocean Review
The First Cut
Helen Pizzey
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A duologue between adolescent twins: same life but very different experiences.
Bagman
Helen Pizzey
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An extraordinary personal encounter on the New York subway.
Early Days
Leyla Leyton
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I walked away alone. Tears sprung quickly but not unexpectedly to my eyes - I realised I was now alone!
Basil
Helen Pizzey
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Peter's quiet night in is high-jacked by a complete stranger...
A Tormented Soul
Leyla Leyton
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I looked out over the restless sea my mind fighting through a haze of confusion. Was this the same view I shared with Jeff for all those years? We had been so happy in this place never suspecting that such evil lurked close by!
A Light in the Darkness
Leyla Leyton
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Do you believe in fate or that things happen for a reason? No? Well neither did I until one day.....
Soul Kill
Sylvia Petter
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A young woman’s way in and out of a brothel. (This story contains adult themes and explicit sexual references.)
It's All in the Nose
Sylvia Petter
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How a nosey GP finds his satisfaction for a happy ever after. (This story contains explicit sexual references.)
Widow's Peak
Sylvia Petter
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a woman's revenge on the men who betrayed her.
Mangrove on Wenceslas Square
Sylvia Petter
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Passion in a time of revolution. (This story contains sexually explicit references.)
Going Backwards To Go Forwards
G. F. Phillips
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Set in Northumberland, the Charlton's, a family of tenant hill farmers, struggle to survive against folk who wield the power to control their land usage.
The Travellers' Man
G. F. Phillips
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Jamie Mullen is caught in the middle of the wheeling and dealing among Irish Travellers who have returned home for Christmas.
Return Journey
Brenda Ray
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A Republican soldier returns in spirit to the battle grounds of the Spanish Civil War.
End Date
Peter Jump
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Choosing when to die can be a tricky business for all concerned.
Faith
Peter Jump
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When global disaster strikes everyone's faith is tested
Edinburgh Contradictions
Peter Jump
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A one night stand in a seedy hotel leads to an unexpected encounter and stretched boundaries. Would you meet Mr Husband?
Up The Downstairs
Edward Cartner
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A jaded city commuter and office worker is unexpectedly invited to 'break free' from the herd. His joy is short-lived and he is quickly returned to the treadmill. He will never meet her like again. There will be no repetition - or will there?
The Heel
Gill Hollands
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Angel returns to the island she grew up on, searching for answers, trawling through memories of catastrophe. Is her father still alive? What happened to him? Will she find the answers she seeks or open a whole new can of worms?
Henley to Brighton
Gilly Goldsworthy
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The expensive German kitchen drawer opened smoothly to yield a vegetable knife. She tested it on her fingertip: she wanted to, her best friend did it, but she but was sickened by the rapid gush of red . . .
Emily Bronte Unbound
Stephen Shieber
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Moving into your first flat with a lover is a stressful time, but when precious objects become damaged, there'll be tears before bedtime. Thank goodness for the Bronte family band!
Applause now Please!
Deborah M.Hodgetts
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There centre stage she stands like the star, she always knew she was and waits silently for her applause now please!
Jack Black, Rat-Catcher
Yasmin Keyani
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When Jack Black, Rat-catcher and Mole destroyer by appointment to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, comes to visit he brings hope and love for broken heart
That Good Night
Clive Collins
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Brian Finnegan hates parties, but tonight the party is for him - and he has to make a speech.
Em Pulls a Stunt
Frank Woods
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Em has fallen for her BMX instructor. When he does the dirty, she turns the tables in spectacular style.
Boulder
Frank Woods
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An injured climber shares a gully with a dislodged boulder. Runner-up in the John Muir Trust Wild Writing Competition.
Restoration Project
Janet Gogerty
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When Ellie Smith went in search of her real family she did not expect to acquire a whole village.
Trafalgar Square
Emma Bolger
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A flash fiction story about transition
In the Air
Adrienne Silcock
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Not one inhabitant of Bois-Bezolles remained unshocked by Frederique’s suicide. As news spread around the village, disbelief became anger at such an outrageous lie. What was the truth?
Piri-piri Sauce
Adrienne Silcock
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Paulo is determined to start a book business in the old Portuguese market, but it looks as though the odds are stacked against him. That is, until a stranger arrives in the village.
The Lovely Water
Adrienne Silcock
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Rosa has devised her own solution for combating poverty on the Ria Formosa, where morals are compromised with a strange take on community salvation. When the Englishman arrives, things begin to alter, but with an ironic twist.
Now the Moon
Clive Collins
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A man, his life and the moon.
Six Degrees
Edward Cartner
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A society 'gossip' writer follows up a chance meeting and then witnesses the accidental death of his subject. He determines to honour with the dead man's estranged family the 'Six Degrees of Separation' theory.
Photographs of Her Father
Carmen Nina Walton
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A woman is abandoned by her father as a baby but he is never really out of her life.
Don't You See How Dark It Is?
Kevin Doyle
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Set during Ireland's ill-famed Celtic Tiger era. A job must be done, a contract must be honoured...
The Turning Point
Alberta Wood
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Julie's husband is a drunkard and vicious bully, she is terrified of him, but there comes a turning point....
Upriver from Bridge Cottage
Lesley Jackson
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They had a rented cottage with a rowing boat all to themselves in the north of Scotland but the first trip out on the loch had to be weathered in more ways than one.
Rice
Lesley Jackson
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A young boy experiences something out of bounds which has more than one reason to be kept secret
Bella's Journey
Lesley Jackson
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Bella takes a bus ride and struggles with her feelings when someone sits beside her.
The Visit
Lesley Jackson
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A woman visits her daughter who has a job that she doesn't approve of, one that brings all her fears to the fore.
Supply and Demand
Fritha Waters
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A man struggling to get over his girlfriend leaving, turns to eBay auctions as a source of comfort, what he finds is quite unexpected though.
Fallen Angel
Frank Woods
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A small boy plays in the falling snow. He tries to understand his broken life. He doesn't cry, but you might. Shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize
Last Day of Summer
Gareth Hill
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September 10th 2001 - Chris and Annie are on the final leg of their road trip around the USA. Heading towards New York, the frayed edges of a relationship spawned from post-graduation euphoria are beginning to show as they confront the end of their summer and the swan-song of their youth. Aware that their lives are going to change, they face up to an uncertain future, completely unaware of the global events into which they are about to be propelled.
Marilyn Spencer
Angela Huskisson
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A story about links and how many you can find. A sort of 'Spot the Difference' in prose.
Jack Wax
Sarah Passingham
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For nearly all her life, Marion has dreamed of the North Woods and eating maple syrup, snow-frozen into Jack Wax, but an innocent trip turns into an obsession.
View By Appointment
Christian Green
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A visit from a stranger forces a lonely woman to confront the debris of her life.
Marked
Susmita Bhattacharya
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A story of love and loss, and new beginnings.
Phyll and Fog
Michael Thomas
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This school story quickly darkens into a battle of wills with disastrous consequences, all played out in the context of the entire planet. Voices interchange: narrator, first-person protagonist and a chillingly unidentifiable presence.
Social Surfing
Gail Aldwin
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A Polish mother tries to make friends with other parents by hosting a dinner party. In spite of her planning, the evening does not go as Vik expects.
Say Nothing Till You Hear More
Marie Alvarado
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Theresa and her sister share a red coat and a deep loss. Years pass until one evening, as the rain lashes down, an unexpected visitor arrives at Theresa's door. Memories and secret sorrows seep once more into their silent lives.
Something Vital Fell Through
Char March
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A disabled girl's view on her parents trying to run a small-holding in Norfolk.
The Quality of Mercy
Judith Allnatt
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George Tiller can't bring himself to open the box of his wife's belongings, neither can he compose himself to pray - but what he can do is perform a miracle...
Dream Factory
Philip Caveney
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A couple of runaway teenagers create a secret world... in a suburban cinema.
Transit
Megan Palmer
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An elderly woman takes her wheelchair-bound husband on a mysterious journey at dawn - but why? Transit is a tale of the power of life-long love, set against the incomprehensible vastness of the universe.
Behold
Megan Palmer
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A mother narrates the sad and peculiar tale of how her young daughter's body gradually disappears from her own eyes - everyone can see her daughter, except the daughter herself.
The Corn
Jane Rogers
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A Midwestern farmer comes to terms with his daughter's weight problem.
A Final Resolution
Helen Stockton
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Sarah, haunted by an episode with a man in a tower block lift, had an unusual New Year's resolution to make. She needed to set things right. She couldn't risk loosing everything she'd worked so hard to achieve and she could only see one way forward...
Learning
Jane Rogers
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A grandmother ponders the way her grand-daughter is learning to assess the world. This story owes a debt to Tove Jansson.
The DNA of Bats
Jane Rogers
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The closeness between her brilliant, beautiful mother and her talented, intelligent daughter re-enforces a woman's sense of her own inferiority. Add to this her lifelong horror of bats, and things go from bad to worse.
The Summer of Learning
Susmita Bhattacharya
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A young girl's coming of age in her father's homeland.
Salt Stain
Zoe F Gilbert
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A new lighthouse keeper receives a mysterious visitor.
Wearing White Plimsoles
Alison Stewart
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I am wearing my smartest clothes for my mother’s funeral: grey trousers and white shirt without the tie. She meant to give me cash for shoes...
Messages
Sean McSweeney
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What if the dead could apologise for leaving you?
Elsewhere
Ray French
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A chance meeting between John Lennon and Philip Larkin in a motorway service station cafe in 1966.
The Engineer's Daughter
Sarah Passingham
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'A brief study of bitter pride, it's a remarkable example of economical writing, painstaking in its attention to detail.' Nicholas Royle, Time Out
Girl In A Box
Clare Shaw
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Clara is in a box waiting to be found. She listens to the words outside the box and the words in her head as she waits for Jasper. But who is Jasper and will he get to her in time? Why is she in a box and why can she not speak out?
The Barber's Victim
Derek Neale
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A boy is traumatized by what a haircut reveals.
Some Mothers
Derek Neale
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A mother, recovering on a psychiatric respite ward, recalls her own mother and her 'other mother', and sees vivid glimpses of hope in the past and present
Violin Lessons
Derek Neale
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A boy happens upon a furniture-maker in his workshop while waiting for his sister to finish her violin lesson; it's a meeting that will change them both.
She Shot My Chimes
Derek Neale
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A gun fires in the dark, but who is it? And what is she aiming at?
Land of Their Fathers
Derek Neale
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This is the story of two characters in a small town in Wales who only meet once, with shocking consequences.
Must Sound Genuine
Jonathan Taylor
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A Soviet composer is trying to write the perfect Socialist Realist symphony, before a knock on the door.
Kontakte
Jonathan Taylor
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A story about Derek, Stockhausen, electronic music, and the ducks in Acton Park.
Marin
Fiona Edmonds Dobrijevich
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An account of being, loss, and the sea.
Vicar Up The Tree
Clare Shaw
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Set during the second world war, Isabel does not understand why everyone seems to be so uptight. The war to her is just an inconvenience. When Edward asks her to write to him at the front, all she can think of is to copy out some of Browning's letters. When Edward credits her with the maturity she does not possess, this changes everything.
White Goods
Carmen Nina Walton
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A rebound relationship fills with complications that are going to hurt.
Rockabilly Quiff
Carmen Nina Walton
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Young people who find solace in a vintage shop in a town that seems to be developing around them without including them.
First Communion
Bea Davenport
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A little girl's First Communion day - when temptation arrives in the form of a bag of sweets
Steve's Band
Elaine Walker
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Steve's longing for his own rock band takes him on a journey that gets too close to home for comfort. A story about music, friendship and what happens when you get what you wish for.
The Gun Shearer
Clare Chandler
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The arrival of a young sheep shearer at a farm in New South Wales has a profound effect on the owner, bringing back memories of a pivotal moment from her past. The Gun Shearer was shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award.
In Good Order
Sarah Salway
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A story for everyone who has wondered how to organise their book shelves...
Alphabet Wednesdays
Sarah Salway
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A story of role models, betrayal and journals - from A to Z
After Addition
Sarah Salway
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It's 'Take Your Father To School Day' and some fathers are better at it than others.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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