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Christmas at the Cross by Maeve Murphy

Christmas is not a joyous occasion for everyone. Not at the Cross. Yet hope and humour remain.

Blaithnaid’s relationship with Kieran is not good. She has allies in Nadina the prostitute who soothes her with potatoes and Yoichi a Japanese neighbour who offers tea but only a little sympathy. David a neighbour supplies something approaching a festive Christmas with plum pudding and White Christmas. There is snow, there are Christmas lights and there are friends meeting for drinks. There is violence, there are threats and there is heartache. How will Blaithnaid find her way through all of this?

Christmas at the Cross – a Kings Cross story – is a novella in five parts. Maeve Murphy creates a compelling text, an authentic voice and a real sense of place.

“This is a story about women who have had enough. If you have had enough too, this is for you. But regardless, you will be astonished by Maeve's riveting tale.” Jim Sheridan, screenwriter and director of My Left Foot

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Mysterious Ways by Jeff Laurents

Mimsie Fotheringey’s attitude to men? “Use them then lose them” was her motto. A modern day Adam and Eve undergo a repellant physical change. Is Emily Mayhew’s real motivation about buying a house, or are her wants and needs a little more complex to say the least? Homes Under the Hammer takes on a new twist as people attend a unique auction to delight in the gruesome fate of the former residents of the properties on offer.

Jeff Laurents is an enthralling story-teller who invites us to look again at what we thought was normal.

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Gatherings by Mehreen Ahmed

A collection of character based stories, some with a strong element of stream-of-consciousness style.

This book contains twenty-five unthemed short stories. The narratives are picturesque, evocative, and entertaining. They will take the readers on a journey laced with slightly amoral leanings to the serious and in-depth observations of the human condition. With both tragic and comic endings, vices and virtues, entwined into the hearts of the stories, they are all about ordinary people with mundane aspirations, broken dreams, and success.

Mehreen Ahmed has a well-established voice and is an experienced literary writer.

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Wishful Thinking by Derek Corbett

A collection of stories in which justice is not always done but leaves room for some wishful thinking.

Relationships break down and are sometimes saved by money. Snowdrops bring precious memories. Brothers in a religious order have to find a way through some difficult decisions.

Derek Corbett takes the reader gently by the hand and offers us the comfort of good story well told.

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Resilience by Jim Bates

A collection of stories about life, love, loss and emotions.

Remembrance Day is special for one grandfather. Which story of he and his brother at the lake will John remember today? Blake loves his garden but he’s not so sure about the rabbit. Tyler stands up to his dad while hunting crows. What really did happen in the room at the Inn on the Lake? Why doesn’t Quinn run away anymore?

Jim Bates has a well-established voice and he brings us a substantial collection of emotionally-rich, thought-provoking stories.

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Mulling It Over

The Island of Mull, covered in mulls. To mull a drink. An important instrument for making a book. Plenty to mull over here. And plenty to make you think.

As ever, the interpretation has been varied: the Island of Mull, thinking about things, often quite deeply, the odd mulled drink and even something used in making a book - how appropriate again. You will find a variety of styles here and an intriguing mix of voices. There is humour and pathos, some hard-hitting tales and some feel-good accounts. All to be mulled over.

Authors: Sally Angell, Jim Bates, Christopher Bowles, Margaret Bulleyment, Elizabeth Cox, Jeanne Davies, Dawn DeBraal, Linda Flynn, Janet Howson, Dawn Knox, Stuart Larner, Cathy Leonard, Maeve Murphy, Tony Oswick, Linda W Payne, Paula R C Readman, Hannah Retallick, Penny Rogers, L. F. Roth, C L Spillard, Dianne Stadhams, Allison Symes, Steve Wade, S. Nadja Zajdman

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This delightful English language anthology of literary fiction comprises the winning entries for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Waterloo Festival Writing Competitions. The themes were, respectively, To Be... To Become, Transforming Being and Transforming Communities. We chose these because they tell a good story, have a strong voice, and are imaginative in their interpretation of the theme. The writers present us with characters that are believable and rounded. The stories all contain a pleasing narrative balance.

Entrants were asked to produce a short story or a monologue in 1,000 words or fewer. Less is certainly more here. Style is diverse and each story is completely different from the others.

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Authors: Mehreen Ahmed, Gail Aldwin, Michael Baez, RBN Bookmark, Christopher Bowles, Amelia Brown, J S Brown, Beverley Byrne, Maxine Churchman, Jeanne Davies, Jo Dearden, Linda Flynn, Anne Forrest, Jenny Gibson, Katie Granger, Jessica Joy, Dawn Knox, Sinéad Kennedy Krebs, Irene Lofthouse, Rosaleen Lynch, Madeleine McDonald, Linda Morse, James Morton, Julia Norman, Daniel Paton, Helen Price, Alison Rayner, Paula R C Readman, Hannah Retallick, Louise Rimmer, Theresa Sainsbury, Allison Symes, Marion Turner, Yvonne Walus

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Whisky for Breakfast by Christopher P Mooney

The thirty-five stories in Mooney's debut are dominated by a cast of characters who colour outside of society's lines. They are hustlers, prostitutes, addicts, gangsters, killers, thieves, beasts. They are the dangerous, the lost, the lonely, the sick, the suicidal, the broken-hearted. Men and women, defeated by life. Their depravity is real, yet the writing in this uncompromising collection of transgressive fiction, always carefully crafted, evokes the sense that their humanity is not yet lost. In Whisky for Breakfast, nothing is off limits.

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In Fields of Butterfly Flames by Steve Wade

In this literary anthology we encounter stories of psychological suspense.

Ostracised by betrayal, isolated through indifference, gutted with guilt, or suffering from loss, the characters in these twenty-two stories are fractured and broken, some irreparably. In their struggle for acceptance, and their desperate search for meaning, they deny the past. Some abandon responsibility, others are running from something or someone. Some flee their homes and their homelands, while others return home, only to find themselves even more marginalized and estranged.

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Matters of Life and Death by Philip M Stuckey

Matters of Life and Death is a collection of stories that examines, in different ways, the many insecurities we experience whilst navigating our way towards the inevitable. Whether it is a fear of the unknown, the burden of loss, or the joy of first love, each of us shares a meandering journey of the unexpected that ultimately defines who we are and how we connect with the universe that created us.

These stories suggest that we are all seeking something. Maybe it is something eternal, as yet undiscovered or perhaps something lost. Could this common endeavour, this restless search, be the golden thread that links us all? Or is it our emotions, the raw energy that fuels the journey: sorrow, joy, anger, fear and love.

These ‘matters of life and death’ have been expressed in stories that share those emotions, take a glimpse into the lives of others, and invite the readers to consider the true nature of our world and their place in it.

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Transforming Communities

Transforming Communities is the theme of the 2020 Waterloo Festival Writing Competition. It is also the title of the e-book that contains the winning entries. We chose these because they tell a good story, have a strong voice, and are imaginative in their interpretation of the theme. The writers present us with characters that are believable and rounded. The stories all contain a pleasing narrative balance.

Entrants were asked to produce a short story or a monologue in 1,000 words or fewer. Less is certainly more here. Style is diverse and each story is completely different from the others.

Authors: Mehreen Ahmed, Gail Aldwin, Christopher Bowles, Maxine Churchman, Jeanne Davies, Jo Dearden, Linda Flynn, Anne Forrest, Dawn Knox, Rosaleen Lynch, Paula R C Readman, Hannah Retallick, Theresa Sainsbury, Allison Symes

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Drawn by the Sea by Jeanne Davies

You will find in this collection a mixture of themes and genres. There are brushes with the supernatural, an exploration of human emotions, history, love and loss, and also a firm sense of time and place.

Jeanne Davies thinks up her stories writes whilst walking for miles in the countryside with her Labrador companion at her side. Wandering along the seashore with the serenity and chaos of the ocean inspires and gives her peace.

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Days Pass Like a Shadow by Paula RC Readman

Within the pages of Days Pass like a Shadow are thirteen dark tales covering the theme of death and loss. At the centre of every story is a beating heart. For the reader to make the journey to that centre, along the flowing veins of the words, all they need is a few minutes during a lunch break, or at the end of the day. The reader will be introduced to a rich and diverse collection of characters – a gardener, a serial killer, a time traveller, a sleepwalker and many more.

On the Streets of Kabul, which is set in Afghanistan, a soldier faces a life-threatening situation while searching for his missing comrade and childhood friend among the narrow alleys. Perfect Justice finds a secretary planning a murder. Shelved takes a reader into the unusual librarian’s office, while Burning the Midnight Oil has a son uncovering the truth about his dying mother.

So put your feet up, relax with a cup, or glass of your favourite beverage and let’s begin with The Meetings...

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Last Chance Salon by FJ McNeill

“Who was I kidding? I wasn’t a successful businessman running an empire from a luxury penthouse. I was a chain-smoking, fifty-something, sometime actor in a cardigan, washed-up in a stagnant corner of south London.”

When Rafe Bunce takes over a run-down hair salon in Penge, he hopes to make a success of his life at last. Not content with improving his own fortunes, he is soon meddling in his customers’ lives, too – with bittersweet results.

The stories in Last Chance Salon touch on the hopes and dreams, big and small, which we all carry inside us.

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Many of the stories in this collection take place at or near Christmas time. There are stories of new births, of rebirths, of new beginnings, and there are a couple that deal with the joys and sorrows of the annual Nativity Play.

Again this year it was difficult to make the final choice. There are so many skilled writers out there. There was little wrong with any of the writing we read but in the end we went for the strongest stories and for those tales that best interpreted the theme.There are some familiar authors in this volume and also some new writers. We treasure them all.

Authors: Sally Angell, Jim Bates, Margaret Bulleyment, Finn Clarke, Elizabeth Cox, Jeanne Davies, Alyson Faye, Nicole Fitton, Linda Flynn, I L Green, Vanessa Horn, Janet Howson, Doug King, Dawn Knox, Joy Mawby, Maeve Murphy, Aqsa Mustafa, Adrian Naylor, Paula R C Readman, L F Roth, Nicolas Siregar, Dianne Stadhams, Allison Symes, Steve Wade

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Tales from Where the Wall is Cracked by Paul Bradley

In this debut collection of short stories Paul Bradley takes a look at how extra-ordinary everyday life can be. Kitchen sink realism, magic realism and humour are deployed to present a variety of characters, many of whom live on the margins and cannot or will not fit in. In these pages you will meet a walrus man, a mynah bird called Hitler, Kendo Nagasaki, gypsy Romana, a lonely signaller and many others in an eclectic variety of edgy tales from where the wall is cracked. Wherever possible, light shines through.

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The Power of Love by Phyllis J Burton

The stories in "The Power of Love" are quite simply about LOVE of all kinds. If you like romance, then these short stories are written just for you as well. There is plenty of that! The huge clock on Waterloo station acts as catalyst for that. But the collection also shows us other sorts of love: family ties, enduring love, old love, forbidden love, mended love, children’s love for their parents, parents’ love for their children, a love for old buildings, and love between animals and humans.

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Other Ways of Being by Gill James

"Other Ways of Being" is a a collection of stories that will make you think. Gill James explores some possible near futures, some of our pasts and some worlds that offer another way of being.

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Because Sometimes Something Extraordinary Happens by Debz Hobbs-Wyatt

Seventeen short stories by Debz Hobbs-Wyatt from over a decade of competition wins and shortlistings. Featuring Learning to Fly, winner of the inaugural Bath Short Story Award; Chutney, shortlisted in the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and Pushcart nominated, The Theory of Circles.

Meet a mixture of beguiling narrators, from seven-year-old Leonardo Renoir Hope trying to change the past so his dad doesn’t die, and George and his carrot-growing friends on an east London allotment waiting for the world to end, to Amy Fisher who realises that her husband, after his sudden death, is not who she thinks he is… but who is the other Mrs Fisher? This one adds a touch of medical horror to the mix.

All of the stories are about ordinary people when extraordinary things happen to them.

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Links by Dianne Stadhams

Links – sometimes random, many times unplanned, often with far reaching consequences, always shaping our journey from cradle to grave – the stuff of life.

Just how do Atta Gatta the child-eating crocodile, Scheherazade the pantomime star and Judy the stammering Goth strategically connect characters across the globe?

Enjoy this trilogy of inter-linked short stories that raise questions about the needs and challenges of our contemporary world.

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Transforming Being

Transforming Being is the theme of the 2019 Waterloo Festival Writing Competition. It is also the title of the e-book, which contains the fifteen winning entries. We chose these because they tell a good story, have a strong voice, and are imaginative in their interpretation of the theme. The writers present us with characters that are believable and rounded. The stories all contain a pleasing narrative balance.

Entrants were asked to produce a short story or a monologue. Style is diverse and each story is completely different from the others – a delightful English language anthology of literary fiction.

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The Art of Losing by Paul Williams

In this internationally-acclaimed collection of contemporary literary fiction stories by Paul Williams we are invited to appreciate what it means to master the art of losing – to let go of things both big and small – whether it be dreams, or love, or houses, or whole continents. Told with wit, humour and pathos, the stories reveal the unexpected narratives that often flow beneath the surface of contemporary lives.

The twenty stories lurch from continent to continent across Australia, Europe and South Africa, from child to teen to adult, from past to present, from war to peace, from me to you.

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Every year we pick a very vaguely Christmas-related theme for our annual anthology. Then we invite our writers to subvert it. In this collection, they’ve certainly done that to the extent that we almost had a picture of cream crackers for the cover. Our theme this year is “crackers”. So, we have Christmas crackers, cream crackers, cracking dresses, a cracked antique and many, many other interpretations. We hope you will find this a cracking good read.

Authors: Sally Angell, Christopher Bowles, M Bulleyment, Elizabeth Cox, Stephen Faulkner, Alyson Faye, Linda Flynn, Boris Glikman, Ian Inglis, Karen Kendrick, Dawn Knox, Stuart Larner, G. Norman Lippert, Kay Middlemiss, Adrian Naylor, Jennie E. Owen, Paula R C Readman, L F Roth, Michele Sheldon, Dianne Stadhams, Steve Wade, Merlin Ward, Clare Weze, Anne Wilson

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Keepsake and Other Stories by Jenny Palmer

Keepsake and Other Stories is an anthology of short stories by one of the growing number of brave women writers. Jenny Palmer brings us stories of otherness, witchcraft and magic close to home and further afield within Europe. We meet all sorts of characters: those who rely on guard dogs, those who shun social media and those who are obsessed. We even meet a Neanderthal man. There are paranormal stories, a story of bad neighbours, and a story of redundancy. And many more. All to be enjoyed.

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Tales from the Upper Room

An assortment of poems and short storeis created in the upstairs room at St Nicholas Church on Canvey Island by the Canvey Writers.

Profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Havens Hospices, Their message is simple, but one we should all heed. It's about 'making every day count'.  

Authors: Bianca Eleanor, Janice Gilbert, Amber Graelin, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Phil Horscroft, Adam Isherwod, Alan Jacobson, Vicky Jacobsen, Julie Kendall, Henry Lewi, Robert Parker, Tracey Philips, Margaret Potter,  Peter Sandling, Gini Scanlan, Dave Traer, Paul Westgate, Colin Wyatt

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Citizens of Nowhere

Is a global citizen really a citizen of nowhere? This collection reacts to this question and explores some possible answers. Each story gives a definition of one global citizen and shows how this individual contributes to the world.

This time we approached several writers who we know cared about these matters. Other stories just fell into our laps - they had been submitted to other anthologies and seemed to suit this one.  

Authors: Ea Anderson, Jennifer Burkinshaw, Neil Campbell, Sarah Dobbs, Vanessa Gebbie, Alan Gibbons, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Matevž Hönn, Gill James, Karen Kendrick, Jenny Palmer.

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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 not gold.  The stories are funny, sad, poignant .... the glitter comes in shades of dark and light. But all will sparkle in your imagination.

Authors: 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 

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The challenge was to write a bauble of a story. So we have a varied selection of snippets that sparkle. Once again we feel privileged to publish this fine group of writers. Each story is different and glitters in its own way.

Authors: Sally Angell, Christopher Bowles, Edward Breen, Margaret Bulleyment, Patsy Collins, Charlotte Comley, Elizabeth Cox, Jeanne Davies, Jo Fino, L.G. Flannigan, Linda Flynn, Gregory Heath, Dawn Knox, Stuart Larner, Cathy Leonard, C. G. Menon, Paula R C Readman, L. F. Roth, Glynis Scrivens, Nathan Spicer, Dianne Stadhams, Allison Symes, Clare Weze

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Salford Stories

All of the stories in this collection were written by people who have a connection to Salford. Thus many, but not all of the stories, take place in this robust northern city. The call for submissions was in honour of the Shelagh Delaney Day, 25 November. Charlotte Delaney, Shelagh’s daughter, selected the winner, Neil Campbell with Everything is Seen at Its Best in the Dark.

Authors: Angela Elizabeth Armstrong, H. Asran, RBN Bookmark, Bradley R Byington, Neil Campbell, Ceila, Daniel Fishwick, David Frankel, Chloe Hill, Lauren Hopes, J.M. Ilmo, Alex James, Karen Kendrick, Zoe Lambert, Christian A. Lea, Sarah Miller, Giacomo Perazzi, Melanie Rees, Meg Rowles, Kimberly Walker

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Our theme for 2015 was snowflakes. Stories that contain snowflakes and that are like snowflakes. Unique and perfectly formed. As they melt into the psyche they bring a life-ssustaining force. Snow can be beautiful and it can be treacherous. It can swing from one extreme to another in seconds. It is an important part of the nature cycle.

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Light in the Dark

We asked for stories that would make readers think. We certianly got them.  Some edge towards the dark, though all have some closure and turn back towards the light. Just as Advent time rushes towards the darkest days so we can return to the light, these twenty-four stories bring light inot our dark.

Authors: Sarah Bakewell, Ruth Cowling, Tracy Davidson, Daniel Dowsing, Sarah Evans, Jesse Falozi, James Farnham, Tracy Fells, Athol Henry, Marc Owen Jones, Catrin Kean, Madeleine McDonald, Don Nixon, Ben Osborn Paula R. C. Readman, L F Roth, Glynis Scivnes, Helen Shay, Matthew Temple, The Viking, Melanie Whipman, Anne Wilson William Wilson

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Something Hidden - darker tales

There is something hidden, something darker and something challenging behind that placid veneer of calmness we so often see in everyday life. We asked for something a little darker in our latest short story competition. The entrants certianly supplied that. Int hsi anthology we've coll3ected the strongest. Each of the storeis makes you think.

Authors: Farah Ahamed, Arevalo, Antonia Chain, Jeanne Davies, Linda Flynn, Edward Fraser, Sarah Hegarty, Alison Lock, Michael Marrett-Crosby, Deborah Rickard, Aline P'nina Tayar, Graham Taylor, Bunny Vincent, Steve Wade, David West

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Otherwhere and Elsewhen – tales of alternative realities

Are we alone? Surely not. Do other realities exist? They must do mustn’t they? This can’t be it, can it?

A collection of short stories that take place in another time and another space, light years from here. Edited by Gill James

Authors: Philip T Brewster, Julie-Ann Corrigan, K.S. Dearsley, Phil Hodgkiss, Dawn Knox, Jeff Laurents, Shirley Percy, A.J. Spindle, Damian Steadman, Donald Stevens, Yvonne Eve Walus, Nick White

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Writers for Animals short story collection

Supports three animal charities in England, Wales and Ireland

A collection of fictional and non-fictional animal stories for adults by new and established writers, and edited by Jennifer Elliott-Bennett. This book also includes illustrations.

Authors: Teresa Ashby, Jane Biehl, Pat Black, Sarah Brown, Hemal de Silva, Jennifer Domingo, Jennifer Elliott-Bennett, Catherine Ione Gray, Elisabeth Key, Elizabeth Koubena, Sue Loose, John Roberts, Madeleine Sara, Mortimer Sparrow, Patricia Stoner, Steve Wade, Michelle Williams

Artists: Edd Cross, Christopher Ledward, Mortimer Sparror, Kate Tacey, Lucy Thornton, Dan Widdowson

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Crime After Crime – crime-themed short story collection

Edited by Debz Hobbs-Wyatt and Stephen Puleston, foreword by acclaimed crime writer Stephen Leather. Crime writing at its best: strong stories, frighteningly real characters and powerful narratives. This collection is a showcase of talent from new and established writers

"I have nothing but admiration for these writers. There are stories that get you inside the heads of heroes and villains alike and allow you to experience life in the raw."
Stephen Leather

Authors: Cathy Cole, Kirsty Ferry, Jane Isaac, Gerry McCullough, Sam Millar, C D Mitchell, Don Nixon, Stephen Puleston, Paula Readman, Kate Tough and L A Wilson Jnr.

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On This Day – "World Stopping Events" short story competition winners

Supports International Rescue in North Wales

Edited by Debz Hobbs-Wyatt and Gill James, all these stories use the back-drop of a real event from Diana's death to 911. Watch a short video about this book at

Authors: Alexandra Bockfeldt, Darci Bysouth, Kathy Cakebread, Leela Dutt, Su Edmonds, Lexie Elliot, Sarah Evans, L G Flannigan, Sue Holt, Jaki McCarrick, Libby O'Loghlin, Clarissa Pattern, Henrietta Richer, Denise St Clair and Graham Taylor

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Voices of Angels short story collection

Supports The Caron Keating Foundation

17 short stories, foreword by TV presenter Gloria Hunniford, makes a donation to The Caron Keating Foundation. Stories about angels in many forms... all the stories will make you think and carry special dedications

Authors: Raphaela Bruckdorfer, Carol Croxton, Sarah Evans, Kirsty Ferry, Shirley Golden, Maria Herring Misha Herwin, Debz Honns-Wyatt, A.J Kirby, Katie Lilly, David R Morgan, Norma Murray, A.J Spindle, Holly Stacy, Sally Tarpey, Alison Wells, Laura Wilkinson

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Hippo-o-dee-doo-dah Charity Book for Children 9-11 years

Donation to Together for Short Lives (formerly Children's Hospice UK)

Cover by Anthony Browne, foreword by Michael Morpurgo, stories by Abi Burns, Alan Gibbons, Dulcinea Norton-Smith, Elizabeth Arnold, Gill James, Jordan Taylor, K M Lockwood, Lauren St. John, Linda Flynn, Mandy K James, Pat Caldwell, Pauline Burgess, Philip Brewster, Philippa Rae, Sally Startup, Sarah Neary

Happy fun stories, lots about animals!

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Gentle Footprints Charity Book for Adults

Price includes a donation to The Born Free Foundation

Cover by Colin Wyatt, foreword by Virginia McKenna, stories by Richard Adams, Sally Angell, Pauline Burgess, Abi Burns, Anne Cleasby, David Dolle, Marilyn Fountain, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Gill James, Mandy K James, Emma Lee, Dulcinea Norton-Smith, Bookey Peek, Diane M Reeves, Mark R Smith, Hilary Taylor, Phil Thomas, Sharon Waters

Fictional stories about wild animals, raw, some brutal, some sad, some funny. This book really gets to the heart of being wild. It is not suitable for children.

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100 Stories for Haiti Charity Book for Adults

This book is a collection of 100 uplifting short stories written by authors who wanted to help following the Haiti earthquake. ALL proceeds from this one go to the British Red Cross to help with all kinds of disaster appeals.

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 We like themes... look at some of these for those who like horror...



Scream... Scary Stories for Younger Teens

This book is a collection of scary stories for children, well not too scary but full of ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night.

Authors: Sarah England, Dusty Fleischman, Lynne Hackles, Mindy Hardwick, Kathleen Howarth, Boo Irwin, Don Nixon, Dulcinea Norton-Smith, Micheal O'Connor, Alix Parker, Phoebe Penhalligan, Sally Quillford, Joyce Taylor

Very popular choice!

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Devils, Demons and Werewolves... Scary Stories for Young Adults

This book is a collection of scary stories for young adults. If you like Twilight you'll love this, but there are all sorts of demons in this collection.

Cover by Walt Disney artist Justin Wyatt.

Authors: Marion Clarke, Julie-Ann Corrigan, Kirsty Ferry, Linda Flynn, Catherine Hargreaves, Alyson Hillbourne, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Sophie Jackson, Gill James, Heather Parker, Clarissa Pattern, Holly Stacey, Sally Startup, Elaine Westley

Another really popular choice.

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Spooked – Adult Ghost Stories

This book is a collection of scary stories for adults.

Authors: Sally Angell, Teresa Ashby, Rosemary Bach-Holzer, Adam Bealby, April Bosshard, Nicola Cleasby, Carol Croxton, Paul A Freeman, Danny Gillan, Catherine Greene, Alyson Hillbourne, Rebecca Holmes, A J Humphrey, Boo Irwin, Sophie Jackson, Jean Lyon, Susanne Martin, Clare Reddaway, Geraldine Ryan, Glynis Scrivens, Amanda Sington-Williams, Mark R Smith, Paul Starkey

Half the time, even though you know you’re reading a collection of ghost stories, you won’t know who are the real people and who are the ghosts. The characters in our stories don’t either. One thing is certain: you’ll be spooked for sure.

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 Or maybe you just want to read interesting literary short stories that will make you think...



Twelve Days – for Adults

Twelve carefully selected stories that really make you look at the world differently. This showcases a number of writers that really reflect the Bridge House Short Story. If you're thinking of submitting to us this is a good choice. These are longer short stories.

Cover by Bexs Roberston.

Authors: Annie Bates, Ruth Eastham-Paoli, Anne Goodwin, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Rebecca Holmes, Robin Jarossi, Clarissa Pattern, Geraldine Ryan, Julie Swan, Phil Thomas, Jeanette Towey, Kadian Wilson

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Mosaic for Adults Competition Winners 2009

This collection feature stories submitted to the 2009 Bridge House Short Story Competition and is another great buy for those that really want to see the kind of story we publish at Bridge House. Literary unusual interesting stories.

Cover by Bexs Roberston.

Winner: Sandra Morgan. Second Place: Sue Stern. Third Place: Carol Croxton. Runners-up: Teresa Ashby, Gayle Beveridge, Louis Charles, Sarah England, Shanta Everington, Michael Godley, Tony Gutteride, Susan Haniford, Jonathan Laury, Michael O'Connor, Susan Palmquist,Jenny Robertson, Lynley Stace, James Stark, Christopher Sutton, Andy Szpuk, Matthew Turner, Sherri Turner, Eddi Woodbridge, Ollie Wright, Krys Wysocki

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Going Places – Adult Travel Themed Stories

More of a summer read but then again who doesn't want to escape those long winter nights? These stories all take you far off places and is a great collection of well-crafted stories. One of our lesser discovered collections but buy it and you're in for a treat.

Authors: Fabian Acker, Teresa Ashby, Gillian Brown, Sarah England, Linda Flynn, Paul A Freeman, Jean Gill, Judy Harper, Rebecca Holmes, David McKey, Don Nixon, William Pitt, Sally Quillford, Mel Ross-Macdonald, Neil Russell-Jones, Glynis Scrivens, Paul Starkey, Hilary Taylor, Sherri Turner, Clint Wastling, Elaine Westley, Vanessa Woolf-Hoyle

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Children's Advent Calendar of Stories

24 stories that can be read anytime but we also thought it would be fun to read one every day in the run-up to Christmas! This is for children 8-11ish and is a great collection of magical and fun stories.

Cover by Walt Disney artist Colin Wyatt.

Authors:Sally Angell, Alan James-Brown, Joan Fleming, Rosemary Gemmel, Lynne Hackes, Liz Kneil, Phil Kurthausen, Joan Locock, Lorelli Mojica, Dulcinea Norton-Smith, Oscar Pebbles, Phillipa Rae, Jenny Robertson, Lisa Joy Smith, Suzanne Stanton, Sally J Tarpey, Noreen Wainwright, Nick White

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Disasters and Miracles – Alternative Bible Stories for Children

This lovely collection has been a slow sell but those who have discovered it have said how much they loved it. For children 8-11ish these are stories from the viewpoint of fictional characters re-telling bibical tales.

Authors:Sally Angell, Anne Brooke, Dawn Bush, Elise Harter, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Rebecca Holmes, Gill James, Jenny Robertson, Nicolette Rushman, Sonia Smith

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A Suitcase Full of Stories for Children 9-11 years

A lovely collection of stories for children for all year but we liked the idea of stories to read on holiday too! Some really magical tales to encourage children to read.

This has always been a very popular collection.

Authors: Alan James-Brown, Pauline Burgess, Victoria Connelly, Ruth Eastham-Paoli, Rosemary Gemmell, Lynne Hackles, Gill James, Jane Kelly, Leona Matuszczak, Clasrissa Pattern, Christina Raven, Clare Reddaway, Philippa Roberts, Lisa Joy Smith,Jeanette Towey

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In the Shadow of the Red Queen Adult Collection

One of the early books this is a fabulous collection of unusual short stories and really showed the way Bridge House authors were thinking and the direction we were heading in terms of stories that make you think. Again this is another one that shows what we're looking for and also what can be achieved. Is the Red Queen after you?

Authors:Teresa Ashby, Annie Bates, Paul A Freeman, Anne Goodwin, Lynne Hackles, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Rebecca Holmes, Linda Lewis, Susanne Martin, Michael O'Connor, Julie Swan, Phil Thomas, Nesta Tuomey, Nurgish Watkins, Rachel C Zaino

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Alternative Renditions of Fairy Tales Adult Collection

This is a popular collection because it's different and it allows adults to become children again - a unique collection of adult fairy tales. Some are really funny! This is the one to get if you're looking for something different!

Authors: Amanda Addison, Annie Bates, Dawn Bush, Sarah England, Kathleen Howarth, Liz Kneil,Linda Lewis, Lisa Joy Smith, Lynley Stace, Allison Symnes, Lois Tuffield, Kathryn Wood

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Making Changes Cross-Over Adult/ Young Adult Collection

This was the first ever Bridge House Collection and has a real mixture of fun stories that were written more as an advent collection, one a day in the run-up to Christmas but they can be read at anytime. Very really well received! A popular choice.

Authors: A J Humphrey, Annie Bates, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Gill James, Ian Charles Douglas, Jean Lyon, Jenny Robertson, Joyce Hicks, Linda Lewis, Michael O'Connor, Noreen Wainwright, Nurgish Watkins, Oscar Pebbles, Phil Thomas, Rebecca Holmes, Rosemary Bach-Holzer, Sally Angell, Sarah R Harris, Wendy Busby, Yvonne Eve Walrus

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 Also check out the titles produced by our young-adult imprint Red Telephone Books



Calling for Angels – Young Adult Novel by Alex Smith

This is a great read for young adults written by Alex Smith at the tender age of 16 and it beat many adult writers in the Red Telephone Debut Novel Competition in 2009. Alex has since gone onto to review books for the Guardian as a junior reviewer.

Magical enchanting, a young girl copes with teenage life, with a difference, a very present guardian angel!

Great reviews!

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The Prophecy Young Adult Novel by Gill James –

first in the Peace Child Trilogy

"For fans of YA sci-fi and dystopia, The Prophecy is the kind of novel that truly satisfies that desire to explore new worlds. It's thought-provoking and it's unique. I enjoyed it whole-heartedly and will be looking forward to visiting Gill James' vision of the future again in the second Peace Child novel. Those who enjoy stories set in the future should definitely consider giving this out-of-the-ordinary tale a look." Lauren James, I Was A Teenage Book Geek

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Babel Young Adult Novel by Gill James –

second in the Peace Child Trilogy

"This novel is for readers who enjoy complete fantasy worlds and like to utilise their imaginations... The reader will find him or herself finishing Babel too quickly. The novel is terrific for young adults or adults who enjoy fantasy mixed with reality." **** rating on Amazon – Krystal

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The Tower Young Adult Novel by Gill James –

third in the Peace Child Trilogy

Kaleem has given up the love of his life in order to protect her. He now lives and works on Zandra. A sudden landquake, not known on the planet for many years, destroys many of the forests his father has planted to bring life back to the planet. The new relationship Kaleem has helped to establish between the Terrestrans and the Zandrians is also under threat. A third party gets involved and Kaleem has to use all of his diplomatic skills to keep everything on track. Mistakes cost him dearly and he looks set to lose Rozia for a second time. The Babel Tower mystery, others mysteries and sadness plague him. Can he find a way through to fulfil his role as the Peace Child?

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 Also check out a book that Bridge House published a long time ago but is still available:



Food – Assembly Instructions

OK, you've now got a kitchen - but what can you do with it? You could prepare endless rounds of beans on toast. Or you could try something equally easy but far more interesting. This little book will try and help steer you towards the latter.

This is not so much a cookery book as a set of assembly instructions, that will show you how to take ordinary, readily-available, groceries, a very basic set of tools and equipment, and construct varied and interesting everyday meals quickly and easily. It doesn't present you with hundreds of expensive, complicate recipes to impress your friends. It doesn't describe hundreds of supposedly-easy dishes containing ingredients that you can't find. It doesn't describe simple dishes in pages of florid prose which make the instructions impossible to follow. Conversely, it doesn't assume you are have had such a sheltered upbringing that you need telling that ovens are hot and fridges are cold.

The contents of this book will make your life much more interesting without making it more complicated.

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