#BookReview: Bottles and Pots by Jacqueline Pye

Bottles & Pots is a self-published collection of nineteen flash-fictions and short stories beautifully summed up by its subtitle: “dark tales of betrayal, mind games and murder”. Written by 1000words #flashcomp winner and eminently qualified psychologist Jacqueline Pye, these stories delve in to the deep, dark recesses of the human mind, shining an interrogative light […]

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#BookReview: A Seeming Glass by The Random Writers

A Seeming Glass: A Collection of Reflected Tales, to give it its full title, is an anthology of fourteen short stories written by a group of ‘like-minded’ individuals and ‘writing buddies’ called The Random Writers. The hook on which these writers have hung their stories is ‘a seeming glass’ – a mirror that, like a […]

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#BookReview: The Book of Small Changes by Tim Stevenson

I first came across the writing of Tim Stevenson when his very short story, Alterations, was Highly Commended in the 2012 National Flash-Fiction Day Micro-Fiction Competition. In just 100 words, Tim managed to conjure a beautifully painful (and painfully beautiful) vision of life ‘after the accident’. The next time I came across Tim’s work was […]

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What I’ll Be Reading This Autumn

Part of the aim of my Summer Reading Challenge was to clear my To Be Read pile, which I did. This left me, of course, with nothing to read, so last week I set off in search of my next book. During said search, I happened across a group on Goodreads called ‘Fall for the […]

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Summer Reading Challenge 2014: Complete

Back in July, which seems ages ago now, I set myself the challenge of reading six books over the six weeks of the school summer holiday. Distracted by a week in Dorset with my extended family, I got off to a bit of a slow start, but by August the 12th I’d read three of […]

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What I Did On My Holidays

I learned several years ago that there is no point in me trying to write stories when the kids are home for the holidays. The constant threat of interruption that comes with having two little people hurtling around the house is enough to prevent me from entering The Zone, that single-minded state of consciousness I […]

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