Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Glit-er-ary

 

 

This glittery collection of glit-er-ary tales will add some sparkle to your life. You will meet all kinds of interesting characters facing all kinds of interesting dilemmas. You will learn that all that glitters is most certainly not gold. The stories are funny, sad, poignant…  the glitter comes in shades of dark and light. But all will leave their sparkle in your imagination.

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This book is a little gem.
Some beautiful writing - thoroughly enjoyed this as something to dip in and out of for some much needed escapism 



Wonderful selection of stories to add some sparkle to your life. Really enjoyed them; great to dip in and out of. You find something fresh every time

 

 

Contributors: 

Gail Aldwin, Sally Angell, Mary Bevan, Christopher Bowles, Margaret Bulleyment, Elizabeth Cox, L.G. Flannigan, Yasmina Floyer, Linda Flynn, AJ Humphrey, Catrin Kean, Stuart Larner, Cathy Leonard, Kate Lowe, Michael O’Connor, Paula R C Readman, Deborah Rickard, L.F. Roth, Theresa Sainsbury, Dianne Stadhams, Julie Swan, David Trebus, Clare Weze, S. Nadja Zajdman,   
 
ISBN: 9781907335556 

 

 


Sunday, June 13, 2021

Potpourri

 

 

Somewhere between working twelve hour shifts at a tax firm and cramming for exams, these stories and poems tumbled onto torn sheets and paper napkins. Potpourri is an attempt at preventing the literary world slipping away and regaining a sliver of that bookish world.

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'Another excellent collection of stories from independent publisher Chapeltown Books, who are giving authors of quirky fiction a voice. This collection by Anusha VR will make your blood run cold, touch you at some wonderfully appropriate endings (am loathe to say more - no spoilers here!), and entertain you. I read the book in one sitting on a train journey and was gripped by each story. Well done, Anusha! She also gives some evocative descriptions despite a limited word count, flash fiction being what it is, and opens eyes to other worlds and viewpoints. A great achievement and I hope Anusha will be producing a follow-up book in due course.'
 
A collection of flash, poetry and short stories that take you around the globe, and in which we encounter an eclectic mix of characters, including tigers, fairies, a crocodile, and a strange librarian. The stories have a great sense of place and are loaded with evocative description. Many have dark themes, and are imbued with yearning and unfulfilled lives, where money matters more than happiness. There's a fascinating mix of cultures, and a few interesting 'state of the nation' stories that I particularly enjoyed. 
 Travel around the world with this collection of short fiction. Meet characters and situations which will surprise and at times alarm. Quite a read!   
 
ISBN: 9781910542217 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

The House on Schellberg Street

 


Renate Edler loves to visit her grandmother in the house on Schellberg Street. She often meets up with her friend Hani Gödde who lives nearby. This year, though, it is not to be. Just a few weeks after a night when synagogues are burned and businesses owned by Jews are looted, Renate finds out a terrible secret about her family.


At a time when the world is at war and the horrors of the Holocaust are slowly becoming apparent, Renate has to leave behind her home and her friends, and become somebody she never thought she could be.


The house on Schellberg Street needs to stay strong. Will it and those who work in it be strong enough? Will Renate ever feel at home again? And what of those left behind?

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'This is a lovely take on the kindertransport phenomenon. The story is told partly through the experience of one girl sent to England at the dawn of the Second World War, to escape persecution because of her Jewish ancestry, and partly through the exchange of letters of a number of young women who experienced the war in Germany. There is a link between Renate, the transported girl, and the letter writers, and this link is slowly revealed to us as the war progresses. Like many good stories, it's a mixture of real-life and imagination, and it rings true.

In an added twist, the personification of the Third Reich has a voice in this book, and makes its own unpleasant but effective contributions to the story.'
 
'This is a great cross-over book with an appeal to teenagers and adults alike. It gives an insight into how people's lives were torn apart by the war and how they managed to adjust and survive. A must-read for anyone studying World war II. Anyone who enjoyed 'The boy with the striped pyjamas' will love it.'
I really enjoyed this. I know many ladies of this generation and in and from Germany, and it has a clear ring of truth to it.    
 
ISBN: 9781910542231

Friday, June 11, 2021

Badlands

 


‘Badlands’ is a collection of flash fiction pieces, from drabbles of 100 words to longer pieces up to 1000 words. Many have been published on line and in anthologies, and short-listed or been placed in competitions. They have all been written during the last three years. The oldest pair being ‘Chestnuts for my Sweet’ and ‘A Guy for the Children’. Both written in the autumn.

These short shorts reflect an interest in ghost stories, history especially the Victorians, old movies, derelict buildings, real life issues such as homelessness and just the ‘what if’ factor of when a seemingly normal situation starts to tilt off centre, dangerously so.

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There are more twists in Alyson Faye's fiction than there are on a helter-skelter. Dark, sad, and moving stories can all be found in Badlands.The front cover image is a brilliant match to the tone of the tales in this collection. My favourite story is Bookworm, but given I'm a reader with a big collection of books, as well as being a fellow flash fiction writer, this is no real surprise!
 
An eclectic mix of the dark and the moving. Felt a bit like a box of chocolates - some real bite-size stories - some as few as a hundred words, others longer, but all beautifully written and something for every taste. Recommended. 
 
These beautiful stories, crafted in so few words, reflect the unique writing skills of the author. Each story is a glimpse into a strange other world,
Perfect for dipping into when you have a spare moment. Thoughtful and mesmerising fiction.
 
 
ISBN: 9781910542255  

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Slimline Tales

 


Each piece has been inspired by something seen, heard or told about. Much of what you will read is based on reality and wherever the narrative has strayed from that, it has been in order to create a story or achieve an appropriate ending.

If you have time to read this volume from cover to cover, that’s fine. But if you’re limited to dipping, moments here and there to read just a few words, then equally, this slim volume is for you.

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'Am a huge fan of flash fiction and this is another excellent collection from Chapeltown Books. A lovely mixture of stories, all very well told, and a great book to dip in and out of (which is my preferred reading style). '
'Finding a well written book is difficult. Finding a well written, interesting and funny book is even more challenging but this a real star.

We all consider writing about the stories and events we witness in daily life, but few of us ever do. This is a great example of someone doing it and doing it brilliantly, the fact you can put it down and pick it up at any point without feeling like you’ve forgotten anything is great and only adds to the quality.

The reminiscences and tales are funny and familiar to us all and won’t struggle to draw a chuckle from you whilst reminding you of people you know.

This book is well worth your time and money, give it a chance.'
'The beauty of flash fiction is that there is something for everyone. In this collection there are stories to make you laugh, gasp, shudder and even think! It's a well put together collection that you can dip into when time allows or read right through. It's one that you may well come back to again in the future too.'
ISBN: 9781910542279
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Paisley Shirt

 

'Paisley Shirt' is a fascinating collection of 27 stories that reveal the extraordinary nature of people and places. Through a variety of characters and voices, these stories lay bare the human experience and what it is like to live in our world.

 

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I never thought I was interested in flash fiction until I picked up Paisley Shirt. I have met the author so I thought I'd give it a go. I read it on the train from Tunbridge Wells to London and both the book and the journey came to an end at the exact same time!
I really enjoyed every one of Gail Aldwin's perfectly-formed little stories, and was hooked from the very first one. Each has the makings of a longer story and I'm hoping it won't be long before we see this author's name on a full-length novel.  
 
This is a Flash Fiction collection from indie publisher Chapeltown Books – it contains 27 short tales. Myriad characters stroll across the pages, chatting, falling in and out of love, getting married or divorced, raising a new born baby, running away from home, hurting each other or trying to fit into new countries’ customs. This collection is a buffet for the senses spread before us. Gail Aldwin writes in a beautifully sensory fashion, drawing us in, so we can smell and taste these tableaux. Her observational skills are precise; touched with dry humour. My personal favourite was ‘Accidental Brother’ a touching, haunting portrait of a refugee’s memories of his flight from his home country and the tragedies which occurred. Superb and thought provoking. 
 
Each of these stories captures a moment in time: a fleeting scene that may be trivial to someone else but significant for the characters involved. One of my favourite stories was 'Greenhayes' - it made me question how society likes to keep itself to itself. 'Accidental Brother' made an impact on me as well, describing the reality of life for migrants.
A lucky dip of great tales. 
 
ISBN: 9781910542293   

Monday, June 7, 2021

Aftermath

 

A continuing response by writers to the Covid19 pandemic in 2020 and during the ongoing aftershocks in 2021.

This collection is of work by writers we have published before and whom we trust, and their trusted colleagues. When disasters strike writers respond and react in words. They share with us their hopes and fears. They describe and rationalise.  Like its companion book this volume contains pieces of fiction, flash fiction, script, poetry, memoir and some texts which cannot easily be categorised.              

There is a loose chronology here – the texts are listed by the order in which they were written and / or by the times to which they refer.

There are messages of hope, cries of despair and acts of kindness.

This hardback book is above all a glimpse, a snapshot of some astonishing human history.     

Aftermath is the second book in a series of creative responses to the 2020 pandemic and its aftermath.    

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ISBN: 9781910542743
Contributors  
Sally Angell, Angela Elizabeth Armstrong, Cath Barton, Jim Bates, Lynn Clement, Dawn DeBraal, Tony Domaille, Susan A Eames, Alyson Faye, Nicole Fitton, Margaret Bulleyment, Anne Goodwin, Vanessa Horn, Janet Howson, Gill James, Amanda Jones, Dawn Knox, Henry Lewi, Madeleine McDonald, Linda Morse, Maeve Murphy, Roger Noons, Brigita Orel, Clarissa Pattern, Colin Payn, Mari Phillips, Pam Pottinger, Niles M Reddick, Hannah Retallick, Dianne Stadhams, Ray Suchow, P A Westgate,  Anne Wilson and Robin Wrigley,.

Glit-er-ary

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