The recipe: the rich mixture of stories that comprise The Shortbread Tales brings the reader face to face with a diversity of yarns, covering encounters with the SAS in Borneo, robberies, horse racing, financial escapades and ghostly experiences. The locations are as varied as the subject matter: from South Shields to the South Seas. All the short stories have the cachet of being true, or taken with a pinch of salt; the majority were experienced first-hand by the author. A vital ingredient is comedy. The stories recognize and amplify the funny side of life, they are devoid of social comment. Instead they aim to uplift the spirit through humour. The twenty tales comprise quick, easy and rewarding reads, with which people of all ages, can readily relate. The Shortbread Tales provide ideal bedtime reads, travelling material, or waiting room companions. They are delivered with insight, and are well-crafted to entertain and amuse the reader. Cook’s tip: perfect for reading on a tea break. Serve with a cuppa and a shortbread biscuit. Bon appétit!
Conlon's book consists of seven different short stories that are fascinating in their own way. 'Escape to Paradise' is the story of a dejected woman who left her career for her husband and children and has lost the spark in life but then experiences the biggest adventure of her life. 'The Saudi Triangle' is about a group of people being manipulated by the American Government for the terrorist attack of 9/11. A woman ends her relationship with her boyfriend in 'The Leither' and is on her way to make up with him again, when something happens. 'The Clairvoyant' is about a couple who wins a lottery with the help of a clairvoyant. Find these and more in Conlon's latest collection. All different, all engrossing stories that you will read with bated breath to see what happens next.
In The Quest - A Collection of Short Stories Yannis Kyrlis presents a mysterious and dream-tinged collection which focuses on the abstract, the emotional and the hazy difference between dreams and reality. A man loses his heart, and finds it drawn by an illustrator who tries to redeem him. A couple exploring a dump find an object that calls to them, but will they still be in love by the time it reveals its true origin and impact on their lives? Will a young Greek boy find the answer to his existence in a dream, or should he keep running from it?
In this immersive collection of short stories, Yannis Kyrlis effectively combines the surreal, weird, and the deep emotional core that exists within every man or woman.
The Mabinogion is a collection of medieval folktales. First written down in the thirteenth or fourteenth century, the Red Book of Hergest is now housed in the library of Jesus College, Oxford. It was first translated into English by an English woman named Lady Charlotte Guest (1812-1895) and first published in 1849.
Margery Hargest Jones endeavoured to translate it into more modern English so that it would be easier to understand while retaining the medieval sense of mystery.
The twelve stories deal with medieval themes of magic, enchantment and the 'Otherworld'. It takes place in Wales when Arthur was king before the days of Camelot.
The Taliesin adaptation was not written until the sixteenth century, but it is included here because Lady Charlotte included it in her book of The Mabinogion.
What happens when Merlin goofs up a spell? How does a young pilot of a single-engine aircraft cope when his plane is struck by lightning mid-flight during bad weather and all his instruments fail? How about a woman who appears to be the perfect wife for the captain of a ship? Just how ideal is she when something unexpected happens to her husband? What to do with a much-loved cat when the family that owns him moves to the other side of the world to live? In this entertaining collection of a variety of individual stories divided into four parts, Jack tells it all as The Long and the Short of it covers a range of genres and attitudes. Firstly, the 'not quite normal' or 'odd ones'. Next, tales of the sea and air and then stories derived from his observations of people. Finally, he focuses on creatures from the world of animals. For a brief break from reality, these stories are an excellent source of quick fun.
“I want to stay on a remote unknown island, not for the sake of sagacity, but to accompany my loneliness. On that full moon night, Mozart played the first symphony he ever composed on violin for me on the crystal-white terrace of Salzburg Castle.After that, I started believing in the melody of God.However, I know they will never award my residence the status of a World Heritage Site. No issues, but they still don’t know that it is that place which God often visits to drink with me and to share some lighter moments.”By turns witty, acerbic, surreal and playfully philosophical, the thirteen short stories in verse form that make up The Hostages of God show the full extent of their author’s unique world-view and wonderfully expansive imagination.
The short stories reflect the way personal crossroads in the real world demand a decision, on the direction of travel, whether a person likes this or not.The decision, whether chosen emotionally or based on facts, can sometimes be regretted further down the road, but thanks to the resilience of the human spirit, recognising that a wrong turn was selected will always help the sense of direction when the next crossroad is met.
A man dies, yet lives on to tell about it; another man travels to Vegas seeking the base but instead finds the noble; a young woman too eager to please gets in over her head; a young man mistakes cowardice for revolution; and a teenager decides to take justice into her own hands. All these and others find themselves Shooting at Morals. But they also find that when they do so, morals can, and do, shoot back. â€œVeteran non-fiction author and philosopher Loewen turns to fiction. The results will amuse you. Disturb you. Shock you. Shooting at Morals: truly â€˜the most dangerous gameâ€™ of all.â€
She is a compilation of eight stories that revolve around various characters and circumstances filled with romance, eroticism, humour, despair and tragedy. It has a bitter grasp of reality, with down-to-earth characters and unthinkable plots.
These stories move about, taking some existential liberties, and include the occasional dark episode, while at the same time, they are laced with humour and the occasional lightness of touch, though they tend not to be politically correct! Above all, they set out to entertain. Living and working in Durham, their author likes to think of himself as working in the tradition of Hugh Walpole, who wrote his famous stories in the same neck of the woods.
The private lives of people we have met or think we may know well are a source of endless curiosity, and surely this is also true of the people in our history books. The reader may find someone amongst the small vignettes and glimpses offered here whose experiences remind them of someone they know, or think they know. But life is full of surprises.
Life Flies Away by Chloe Louise Smith is an intriguing account of an adolescent female called Cleo, who recounts a troubled patch during her teenage years, one which takes a final and most unexpected turn at the end. It flicks between fantasy and reality, not least because of the involvement of Lewis the Vampire. The authorâ€™s intent is that this short work assists other literary students who are keen to explore their creative sides and the use of language. Curious and compelling, the reader is never quite certain in which direction this tale will head until the very end.