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By: Dennis Hughes

Spirits - A Collection of 15 Short Stories

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Fifteen stories of fact and fiction including:- BETTY’S WAR, a son’s telling of his mother’s struggle with love and life during the Second World War years and beyond.- WORDS O’MALLEY, a ‘wish-it-were-true’ tale of a boy’s obsession with words that captures worldwide attention.- DEFENDING GOD, Jake and Laura meet in Heaven. After a rough start, their friendship warms until an earthly intervention upsets their intention.- LOSING LILLY, Phoebe Bromley, when it comes to her son, Will, fails to realise that sometimes, to make a horse do what you want it to, you have to get off its back.- NELSON’S WISH, a war, missing parents, unwelcomed relocation, a kidnapping, explosions and death. What more could one wish for?PLUS ten more enjoyable stories including SPIRITS, when master and dog meet in the Afterlife.

Dennis cannot recall a day that writing was not a part of. He wrote to earn a living and writes to enhance his life. He enjoyed a successful corporate career in sales and marketing and was the founding director of a Melbourne (Australia) based advertising agency prior to returning to his hometown, Brisbane, Queensland.

His collection of fifteen short stories was inspired by experiences and imagination, and he hopes you enjoy them.

Customer Reviews
7 reviews
7 reviews
  • Elizabeth

    I really enjoyed these stories. There is such a mixture of genres from romance to mystery to humour. I was moved by 'Betty's War', a story that speaks to all of us today.

  • A Professional Reviewer for Dennis Hughes

    This collection of stories creates a multifaceted and nuanced portrayal of human experience. The difference in voice and tone is remarkable and each functions as a glimpse into a different facet of life. It takes great skill to develop narrative complexity in a small number of words, and this collection achieves this through beautifully-written fragments of prose. The writing oscillates between humour, fear, solemnity and intrigue, using a broad scope of perspectives and universes to examine the intricacies of human behaviour.

  • Kate

    'Spirits' kept me entertained on Boxing Day. I received it as a gift for Christmas and was very happy I did. The stories are sometimes sad, sometimes humorous and always thought-provoking. I love the author's style and the way he plays with words, much like the main character in my favourite story 'Words O'Malley'. I definitely recommend this collection

  • Debbie Thornton

    A delightful mix of fantasy and reality. I haven't read this type of genre before and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next book!

  • Tina Clements

    I thoroughly enjoyed all the short stories. My absolute favourite was Betty's War, I could feel the authors emotions through his story.
    Dennis has talent....

  • Alana Sheehan

    I'm not a big reader so the short stories suited me. It was a great start with the first story, Defending God. It peaked my interest to read on whilst on holidays over Christmas. Great Christmas present!

  • Joan Gilbert

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book of short stories "Spirits" written by Dennis Hughes. This eclectic collection demonstrated the exceptional language skills of the author. His ability to use the English language to describe so many different scenarios whilst covering such a wide variety of topics shows a superior level of expertise.
    My favourite story is "Betty's War". This story describes a situation after the Second World War, with relevance for so many in today's society.
    I look forward to revisiting this collection again in the future.

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