Over the years I’ve written and published many short stories in all kinds of magazines, from small literary publications to major women’s glossies. I’ve even read my own stories on BBC Radio 4. More recently, I’ve published several small eBook collections of previously published short stories, which are now available on diverse platforms, including Amazon and iTunes.
These four short stories might be subtitled ‘four love stories’ but it’s up to the reader to decide who loves what and why.
In the title story, A Quiet Afternoon in the Museum of Torture, Ros and Davy, holidaying in Tuscany with their new baby, confront the emotional realities of parenthood and the suddenly threatening new world in which they find themselves. In The Butterfly Bowl, Debbie inherits a precious and almost magical object, but is faced with an impossible choice. Breathe is a quirky celebration of an unsung Yorkshire life and an exploration of the power of memory. The Man in the Moon is a prose poem reflecting on the nature of a love affair remembered and the stories we tell ourselves about relationships
If you like ghost stories, this trio of tales is for you.
In Stained Glass, a young man, who has recently moved to a small village, sees more than he bargained for through his cottage window.
The Penny Execution is about a saleroom acquisition with a terrible secret. Be careful what you bid for and what you might be bringing into your home. (As a part time antique dealer myself, I’m always wary but follow my instincts.)
Finally, The Sleigh is a quirky little tale about a strange and allegedly true experience in pre-war Poland.
In the title story, Mags takes her small son to the Scottish fishing village where her grandparents once lived and – briefly – renews an old friendship.
In Civil Rights, a teenage girl has a dangerous but ultimately illuminating experience in late nineteen sixties Dublin where she is working for the summer. Caught up in a series of dangerous events, she is only protected by her innocence and an unexpected act of kindness.
In Lip Reading, a disillusioned young migrant on his way home to Poland, reflects on his less than happy experiences in present day Scotland.