Tag: Independent Press

Please Read This Leaflet Carefully by Karen Havelin

‘Please Read this Leaflet Carefully’ is a life told in reverse. We begin in the present moment [2016] of Laura, our protagonist’s life – New York City, mid-thirties, a single mother and a body wracked with pain having been diagnosed with endometriosis in her twenties. From there we are taken backwards, travelling through Laura’s life

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The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 Anthology by Various

In the introduction to The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 broadcaster and chair of judges Nikki Bedi writes… ‘short stories are not a warm up for the ‘real thing’ as some would have us believe. They are gifts of concision, they demand one’s total attention’. As an ardent fan of short fiction – more

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The Last Seed by Moud Adel

There is a new fantasy novella on the block and it is taking the community by storm. Orantine is the best spy in her faction, the one they go to for impossible missions. But her next target is like nothing she has faced before, a high ranking official in a faction whose members can see

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Glitch by Lee Rourke

Lee Rourke brings us a tale that is laced with grief and the quest for belonging, a story of loneliness and trying to find a way, an existence in this world when all you’ve anchored yourself to gets torn away. When the thing that you loved most, the thing that has shaped you, protected you,

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Subjunctive Moods by CG Menon

A short story collection that captivates from the very start, Subjunctive Moods is a spectacular triumph and brilliant example of how setting can really bring a story to life. Menon is no stranger to multi-cultural experiences, and this shines through in her short prose. Each story is crafted to the utmost quality, and we feel

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The Complex by Michael Walters

An unsettling novel which taps into a range of human emotions, The Complex is a surprisingly thrilling book. Analysing the darker side of technology is a popular novel theme, however The Complex doesn’t ever feel tired or repetitive; instead, it manages to hand over a great deal of trust to the reader, finishing with an

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Best British Short Stories 2019 Edited by Nicholas Royle

Who doesn’t like an anthology? I have a penchant for themed anthologies mostly, as I sometimes find anthologies which collate a load of stories together seem a little disjointed,  choking the flow to other stories, jarring and hampering my enjoyment (ever so slightly may I add). But what we have here in the Best British

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Rolling Out by Meg Pokrass

I woke up, rolled out of bed, and felt beautiful. I called the man I’d met online and told him that I really lived a lot closer than he thought. “I’m wearing elevator shoes,” he said. “Because I’m tall in my soul.” Fine with me. When I looked in the mirror, I just had to

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Broad Moor by Alison Moore

This obscure short story stays with the reader long after the final word, the rolling images of the sweeping countryside and the haunting unknown leaving lasting impressions from an undoubtedly skilled writer. However much I tried to erase those feelings of nervousness and remove myself from the claustrophobic yet expansive setting, I failed. Moore had

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Lost Tourist by Meg Pokrass

It was her high school boyfriend who started the trouble. She was just sixteen. He suggested that she didn’t have a normally shaped vagina, his finger skittering around it like a lost tourist. “You need to see a doctor. Find out why it isn’t opening,” he said. “God, that’s embarrassing.” He shrugged and turned on

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