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By Catherine King. 2013
*A DIGITAL-EXCLUSIVE SHORT STORY* The day of the Langton Park community fair has arrived and Evie Preston, a well-respected professor's… daughter, is eager to spread the word about her afternoon lecture programme for ladies. She has no clue how her ideas will affect three very different women... Lady Alice is struggling with the life her mother and brother believe she should be living. Surely she should be making these choices for herself? Florence is bright but she's bored. She's keen to continue learning but her parents think she's had all the education she needs. And then there's Meg, who is young and full of hope for the future, but frustrated with the obstacles in her way. Authentic, gripping and spellbinding, The Professor's Daughter is a short story about a group of strong women who are unable to ignore their responsibilities but who also refuse to ignore their hearts. *Contains an exclusive extract from Catherine King's new novel, A Sister's Courage: a story of tragedy, strength and hope*
By Heather Birrell. 2012
In 'Frogs,' a short story from Heather Birrell's Mad Hope, a science teacher and former doctor is forced to re-examine… the role he played in Ceau?escu's Romania after a student makes a shocking request. A free e-book single from the Journey-Prize-winning short story author.
By Mark Billingham. 2013
Available together in ebook for the first time ever, this duo of brilliant short stories featuring a guest appearance by… DI Tom Thorne showcases the crime writing talent of number one Sunday Times bestseller Mark Billingham.Underneath the Mistletoe Last NightWhen young Jack finds 'Father Christmas' dead beneath the tree, DI Tom Thorne, who has volunteered to work on Christmas Day, must get to the truth with the help of his reliable team and some incriminating evidence.Stepping UpWhen a retired boxer is persuaded to join an exercise class by his daughter, he sees a woman whose face has haunted him for forty years. He used to be a minder for underworld criminals and Zoe was always in their circle. So when she gets in trouble with another class member, he's there to protect her, as he used to - whatever it takes.
By Carole Matthews. 2013
Beth and Michael have worked hard all their married life to give their children everything they want. It hasn't been… easy but it's been worth it. Now, as Beth enjoys quality time with her family on their beach holiday, she knows she has a lot to be thankful for. But it's not until she's faced with her biggest challenge yet that Beth really begins to understand how lucky she is.In this ebook exclusive short story, Carole Matthews will transport you to a world filled with love, family and sunshine. So put your feet up, stick the kettle on and indulge yourself for just twenty minutes.Includes an extract from Carole's fabulous festive novel, Calling Mrs Christmas.
By Janny Wurts. 1997
THE WARS OF LIGHT AND SHADOW. With the appalling destruction of the Vastmark warhost, recoil and grief reshape the balance… of power in the Five Kingdoms. Two half brothers, cursed by a Mistwraith to a lifelong enmity, are set into violent conflict: Lysaer, Prince of the Light, and Arithon, Master of Shadow. And there are those between who will stop at nothing to fulfill secret desires and consolidate their own power. With faction set against faction, heart set against heart, and spells of high mastery engaged to cast down the ancient mysteries, the moves made by hunters and fugitive alike will remake the course of world destiny.
By Polly Samson, Daphne Du Maurier. 2011
'I want to know if men realise when they are insane. Sometimes I think that my brain cannot hold together,… it is filled with too much horror - too much despair . . . I cannot sleep, I cannot close my eyes without seeing his damned face. If only it had been a dream.'In 'The Doll', a waterlogged notebook is washed ashore. Its pages tell a dark story of obsession and jealousy. But the fate of its narrator is a mystery.Most of the stories in this haunting collection were written early in Daphne du Maurier's career - when she was still in her early twenties - yet they display her mastery of atmosphere, tension and intrigue and reveal a cynicism far beyond her years.
By Lois Duncan. 1996
By Polly Samson. 2010
Do you cover up or reveal it all; seek revenge or just reassurance; let the truth be naked as the… day or cloaked in a night-time story? The men and women of Polly Samson's debut fiction all have stories to tell, pasts to forget, futures to forge. Manipulative or meek, used or using, all are aware of the power of truth, deception and little white lies to get what they want or sometimes what they deserve. Some are concerned with the economies of speech, those little 'kindnesses' which protect our loved ones but really ourselves; some investigate the warped logic which adults serve out to children to keep them 'innocent'; all are concerned with the beds we make and the lies we tell in them. . .
By Gene Wolfe. 1972
Back in print for the first time in more than a decade Gene Wolfe s The Fifth Head of… Cerberus is a universally acknowledged masterpiece of science fiction by one of the field s most brilliant writers Far out from Earth two sister planets Saint Anne and Saint Croix circle each other in an eternal dance It is said a race of shapeshifters once lived here only to perish when men came But one man believes they can still be found somewhere in the back of the beyond In The Fifth Head of Cerberus Wolfe skillfully interweaves three bizarre tales to create a mesmerizing pattern the harrowing account of the son of a mad genius who discovers his hideous heritage a young man s mythic dreamquest for his darker half the bizarre chronicle of a scientists nightmarish imprisonment Like an intricate braided knot the pattern at last unfolds to reveal astonishing truths about this strange and savage alien landscape At the Publisher s request this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied
By Polly Samson. 2011
In an English seaside town, lovers and children, young men and middle-aged women weave in and out of each other's… lives and stories.A mother is tormented by her daughter's tattoo; another only pretends to love her baby. A wife stalks her husband and his new lover; a broken egg through a letterbox tells a story that will not go away; the cat thinks he knows best. Threaded throughout are longings for love and poignant disappointments, surprising pleasures and temptations. Some will fall but some, like the small boy at the circus who sees his babysitter fly past on a trapeze wearing little more than a blue bra and spangles, will retain their feeling of awe.PERFECT LIVES, follows Polly Samson's rapturously received first collection, LYING IN BED. They are rueful, knowing, witty, poignant, bashful, bold. Her genius is in the nuance.
By Various. 2013
Virago Press and the Asham Award, the foremost prize for stories by women, present a collection of tales to send… you to places you've never been before . . . Here are tales of people who travel far and those who stay at home and dream; of strange things in suitcases; of roads that should not have been taken; of exotic cities and shabby towns. Some are running away, and some are travelling to come home. With new stories from well-known writers, including Helen Dunmore, and an Angela Carter fable, this is a book to tuck in your backpack, your valise or to enjoy, deep in your armchair, for no one can fail to be hooked by those beguiling words: once upon a time there was a traveller . . .
By Kate Pullinger, Various. 2011
The latest stunning collection of short stories, including the winning entry of the 2011 Asham Short Stories Award, which was… set up 1995 to encourage and promote new writing. It is the only short story competition whose winners and runners-up are published alongside some of our best known women writers. Past collections have included specially commissioned stories by Carol Shields, Michele Roberts, Barbara Trapido, Patricia Duncker, Helen Simpson, Helen Dunmore, Deborah Moggach. Margaret Atwood and A.L. Kennedy.This year's theme is Ghosts and Gothic and will be judged by authors Sarah Waters and Polly Samson and Virago publisher Lennie Goodings.
By George Zebrowski. 2006
In this masterful collection of horror stories George Zebrowski divides these nineteen tales into Personal Political and… Metaphysical terrors stories to scare you individually stories to frighten you as a social animal and stories that should terrify the entire human race In I Walked with Fidel a young man encounters a once politically powerful zombie Jumper focuses on a young woman with a dark and troubled past while in The Coming of Christ the Joker the light-hearted banter of a celebrity TV talk show becomes something far more serious A Piano Full of Dead Spiders is an eerie story of genius its demands and its delusions in Passing Nights the truth behind a recurring nightmare is revealed The Soft Terrible Music depicts a man who must hide his past even from himself And in the title story the novella Black Pockets Zebrowski asks What happens to a man when his desire for revenge becomes all-consuming With an introduction by Howard Waldrop and an afterword by the author George Zebrowski reveals himself in BLACK POCKETS AND OTHER DARK THOUGHTS as a writer who can play upon our more disturbing emotions even as he impels us to deeper thoughts
By George Mackay Brown. 2000
By Peter Abrahams, David Levithan, Sarah Weeks, Patricia Mccormick, Libba Bray, Gene Luen Yang. 2008
Phase 2 by Peter Abrahams; Not just for breakfast anymore by Libba Bray; The vulnerable hours by David Levithan; Orange… Alert by Patricia McCormick; Superman is dead by Sarah Weeks; The motherless one by Gene Luen Yang.
By Brian W. Aldiss. 1979
In Galaxies Like Grains of Sand, Brian W. Aldiss tells the tale of mankind's future over the course of forty… million years. Each of these nine connected short stories highlights a different millennia in which man has adapted to new environments and hardships.This ebook includes a new introduction from the author.
By George Mackay Brown. 1998
In these six stories George Mackay Brown leads us back along the sweep of Orkney's past and beyond even that… to the remoteness of fable. He reveals the timelessness of the lived moment and the constants of island life in the harvest of sea and land and the compulsions of voyage and homecoming.
By Melanie James. 2016
Six women...neighbors, friends, and sisters at heart. Together they tackled the challenges of juggling their roles as women, wives, and… mothers. Now, the time has come to restore romance and passion to their marriages!Ashely and Jeff, Book 5 of the Éveiller Drive series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author Melanie James is an erotic short story about rekindling passion and love.When Ashley married Jeff she looked forward to their life together, but never considered the many ways becoming an instant mom could rip them apart. Her love for Jeff means more to her than anything in the world. However, never having kids of her own left her unprepared for the changing family dynamics. As her new step-kids test the boundaries all hell breaks loose.Can Jeff rein them in before it costs him his marriage or was the marriage doomed from the beginning?This contemporary erotic romance contains adult content and situations, and is not intended for readers under the age of 18.Previously Published (2015) Melanie James, Black Paw Publishing
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories is a collection of short semi-comic mystery stories that were written by Oscar… Wilde and published in 1891His first attempted murder victim is his elderly Aunt Clementina, who suffers from heartburn. Pretending it is medicine, Lord Arthur gives her a capsule of poison, telling her to take it only when she has an attack of heartburn. Reading a telegram in Venice some time later, he finds that she has died and victoriously returns to London to learn that she has bequeathed him some property. Sorting through the inheritance, his future wife Sybil Merton finds the poison pill, untouched; thus Lord Arthur's aunt died from natural causes and he finds himself in need of a new victim. After some deliberation, he obtains a bomb from a jovial German, disguised as a carriage-clock, and sends it anonymously to a distant relative, the Dean of Chichester. When the bomb goes off, however, the only damage done seems like a novelty trick, and the Dean's son spends his afternoons making tiny, harmless explosions with the clock. In despair, Lord Arthur believes that his marriage plans are doomed, only to encounter the same palm-reader who had told his fortune late at night on the bank of the River Thames. Realising the best possible outcome, he pushes the man off a parapet into the river where he dies. A verdict of suicide is returned at the inquest and Lord Arthur happily goes on to marry. In a slight twist, the palmister is denounced as a fraud, leaving the moral of the story to show the power of suggestion. The story was the basis of the second part of the three-part 1943 film Flesh and Fantasy.