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What if?

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All good stories and novels begin very simply when the author asks the question, “What if…?” In the fourteen stories in Speculations the author offers each solution while leaving it up to you to figure out the “what if…?” question that each tale alludes to.

Each story is an intriguing journey into the realms of imagination, fantasy and the incredible. Some of the places you will be taken in this book include the inner mind of a creature that remains on Earth long after the human race has been eliminated; a world that exports a tasty treat that originates in a quite unsavory place; and an all-knowing, all powerful alien machine which can do literally anything at all.

You will be enthralled, delighted, shocked and amazed as you read the stories in this anthology. It is a fascinating journey quite worth taking. All you need to do is open your mind and enjoy the ride.

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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 from Bridge House Publishing. Maeve Murphy creates a compelling text, an authentic voice and a real sense of place.

 

 

This novella is full of jump off the page characters and a gritty view of Kings Cross in the 1980s.  Traumatised by events, Blathnaid’s view of what is happening around her is uniquely delivered by the author through very clever writing.  The reader is given what Blathnaid sees and feels, and stripping out everything else. This approach makes her story feel absolutely real as you are drawn into her fear and confusion. 

There are insights into nineteen eighties London life as well as Blathnaid’s search for a spiritual escape from the grim world she occupies.  But in the main this is a dark story of a young girl living amongst the drug dealers, addicts, prostitutes and the mentally unwell, but somehow able to hold on to her humanity. It’s a thoroughly recommended read.

 

I found the story telling a page turner. Very interesting description of the life and mutual support of women in Kings Cross during hard times. It will be my Christmas present this year. 

 

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Gatherings

 

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

This book contains about twenty-four 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, are all about ordinary people with mundane aspirations, broken dreams, and success.

 

Gatherings is a single author collection from Bridge House Publishing. Mehreen Ahmed has a well-established voice and is an experienced literary writer. 

 

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Resolve is high. Determination rules OK. Human spirit excels.  

This is a collection of challenging and thought-provoking stories. All stories need a resolution and these provide ones that will astound and delight you. We looked for: story, good writing, interpretation of theme and professionalism. All of the stories submitted had those elements. Here we offer a variation to cater to our readers’ eclectic tastes. Sit back and surrender to the Bridge House magic

Resolutions is a themed multi-author collection from Bridge House Publishing. 

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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 from Bridge House Publishing. Maeve Murphy creates a compelling text, an authentic voice and a real sense of place.

 

 

This novella is full of jump off the page characters and a gritty view of Kings Cross in the 1980s.  Traumatised by events, Blathnaid’s view of what is happening around her is uniquely delivered by the author through very clever writing.  The reader is given what Blathnaid sees and feels, and stripping out everything else. This approach makes her story feel absolutely real as you are drawn into her fear and confusion. 

There are insights into nineteen eighties London life as well as Blathnaid’s search for a spiritual escape from the grim world she occupies.  But in the main this is a dark story of a young girl living amongst the drug dealers, addicts, prostitutes and the mentally unwell, but somehow able to hold on to her humanity. It’s a thoroughly recommended read.

 

I found the story telling a page turner. Very interesting description of the life and mutual support of women in Kings Cross during hard times. It will be my Christmas present this year. 

 

Article in the Independent 

 

 

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Last Chance Salon Small

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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.

'The dialogue crackles, there are touching moments (I enjoyed 'Faking It' with the games married folk play to keep egos inflated) - this is a collection worth checking out.'

'Seldom have I read a book from cover to cover with a smile on my face, laughing out loud in parts, with no second g

Where the Wall is Cracked Small

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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Wishful Thinking Medium

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

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

 

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Resilience Small

 

Resilience is a single author collection from Bridge House Publishing. Jim Bates has a well-established voice and he brings us a substantial collection of emotionally-rich, thought-provoking stories.

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Transformations Small

 

A collection of stories that were written as entries to the waterloo Festival Writing Competitions 2018, 2019 and 2020.  

Being and Becoming, Transforming Being and Transforming Communities.  Set in places all over the world and in many different times.

How is the world being transformed?

Transformations,  the compendium of all of the Waterloo Festival Writing Competition  Short Story collections.

 Stories written by talented, engaged and risk-taking authors. 

If you like short pieces of fiction packed with drama, emotion and thought-provoking questions then this book is for you.

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Last Chance Salon Small

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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.

'The dialogue crackles, there are touching moments (I enjoyed 'Faking It' with the games married folk play to keep egos inflated) - this is a collection worth checking out.'

'Seldom have I read a book from cover to cover with a smile on my face, laughing out loud in parts, with no second guessing how the story will end.'

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Place to Be Small

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Jesse Falzoi writes with the authority of somebody who understands that sorrow and happiness can’t exist without each other. Her characters are as smart as she is, and like all good writers, the risks she takes on the page mean big rewards for her readers. Count me as a fan. - Alexi Zentner, author of CopperheadTouch, and The Lobster Kings

This is a gifted debut. Stories which are so light and confident in their presence we can only marvel at how deep they delve into the hearts of their characters. - Mike McCormack, author of Solar Bones

 

I find reading a short-story collection is far more exciting than opening a box of assorted chocolates. After all, there is a guide on the lid so you can leave the ones you're not keen on for your boyfriend and eat all the cherry and strawberry soft-centres for yourself; it's not what I call an assortment. They are fixed and predictable. In this anthology, all you know is that you will enter worlds which seem understandable at first but will confound your expectations In 'When the Curtain Closes', the setting is a typical first-world city of supermarkets, schools and fully-equipped apartments where, in one, a mother whose husband is away on business tries to keep her two children calm, clean and fed during a catastrophic power failure. However, the more you read, you realise their lives, while seemingly normal with homework and teeth-brushing eating sandwiches and pasta is unreal.

 

Ich habe diese tolle Kurzgeschichtensammlung regelrecht verschlungen und kann sie absolut empfehlen. Es sind sehr tiefgehende, nachdenklich stimmende Geschichten, die mich zum Teil auch noch längere Zeit nach dem Lesen ganz schön beschäftigt haben.

Transformations Small

 

A collection of stories that were written as entries to the waterloo Festival Writing Competitions 2018, 2019 and 2020.  

Being and Becoming, Transforming Being and Transforming Communities.  Set in places all over the world and in many different times.

How is the world being transformed?

Transformations,  the compendium of all of the Waterloo Festival Writing Competition  Short Story collections.

 Stories written by talented, engaged and risk-taking authors. 

If you like short pieces of fiction packed with drama, emotion and thought-provoking questions then this book is for you.

Grab your copy here.