Category: Fiction

FICTION: DAO by Steve Easterbrook

Shane was a DAO (Deceased Affairs Officer) working the Stockport area and, like most people, had fallen into his job shortly after school, abetted by a lack of qualification or self-knowledge to encourage active choice. He took comfort from the fact that its poor pay and prospects were compensated by being largely out ‘in the

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BOOK REVIEW: Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s new book Norse Mythology is a retelling of many of the classic stories of the pantheon of Norse gods. One might ask, why? Why bother with old stories of forgotten gods. Well, dear reader, apart from the obvious answer, which is why not? The answer is that they are quite important, culturally speaking,

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FICTION: The Drowning of Corporal Blake by Peter Haynes

  1. The Lesser Part In a dirty little hole, in the aftermath of a brutal skirmish no-one will remember, we suck down heavy charnel airs still echoing with the tattoo of thudding impacts swallowed in mud. With the day’s fun and games killing the enemy concluded, the lottery is called. The first time is

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INTERVIEW: Christa Wojciechowski

Christa Wojciechowski Christa (Wojo) Wojciechowski is the author of The Wrong David, Sick, and is working on a series called The Sculptor of New Hope. Her characters explore existential turmoil, mental illness, and the complexity of romantic love. She uses her stories to compare the dark, carnal nature of humanity with its higher qualities of

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BOOK REVIEW: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

At the start of last year, I read American God’s by Neil Gaiman. At the start of this year I read his Anansi Boys. It’s not a tradition or anything. Things sometimes just happen in patterns, or perhaps the mind does strange things without you noticing. I’ve now read all of Mr Gainman’s novels, for

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FICTION: Beasts by Andrew Lee-Hart

One The house where I live is cold and I have no mother. She died when I was five, although I never saw her body, and nobody had told me she was ill. One Thursday morning Peter came into my room and said that she had died in the night, and I would not have to go to school that day. I don’t remember a funeral,

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BOOK REVIEW: Mr Iyer Goes to War by Ryan Lobo

Lalgudi Iyer is the elderly star of this debut novel by Ryan Lobo, an ambitious, and mostly successful, Indian take on Don Quixote, a geriatric quest for the 21st Century. He is a man who imagines himself to be learned and wise, a lover of poetry and someone with a deep knowledge of the Sanskrit

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FICTION: The Book Tour by Ashley Elizabeth Savard

‘When I write something,’ Peggy said, uncrossing her legs and leaning forward in the leather chair for dramatic effect, ‘I never read it again. Once I’ve written it I consider it dead.’ ‘Why do you consider it dead?’ The woman asking the questions looked excited. Peggy had said the word ‘dead’, not finished, done, over

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BOOK REVIEW: Pigeon by Alys Conran

There is more to the sky than just the pretty birds – those with colourful feathers or melodic songs. In among the parakeets and the blackbirds are the pigeons: those clumsy, fumbling and unadorned birds that are populous to the point of invisibility. It can be easy to forget the humble pigeon as it pecks

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FICTION: A Terminal Christmas by Phil Charter

A terminal Christmas in an unknown city Wishing you had more than baggage to reclaim The queues are comprised of furrowed brows And the tickets invalid for the date today. Thinly veiled fury, of a passenger mob Looking for somewhere to place the blame In an airport terminal at Christmas time Nobody knows your name.

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