Extract: After I’ve Gone by Linda Green

Monday 11 January 2016 I smell his bad breath a second or two before I feel his hand on my arse. That’s the weird thing about public transport gropers, they always seem to have personal hygiene issues. ‘What’s your problem?’ I shout, as I spin around to face him. Immediately, the crowd of people jostling […]

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Extract: Say My Name by Allegra Huston

There, under a table heaped with china of the sort nobody uses anymore, she spots it, almost hidden behind random objects carrying price stickers faded by time. Daylight filters through grimy windows onto worn green velvet, golden wood. Strangely, the case is open—as if it’s hoping to be found. It’s bigger than a violin, much […]

Extract: The A to Z of Everything by Debbie Johnson

Chapter 3 Beacon C of E Primary School, 1986 ‘I’m going to rub your nose in that dog poo, you stuck-up cow,’ says Jackie Wells, holding Rose’s face down on the grass by the scruff of her neck. It’s Rose’s last year at little school, and she has committed the cardinal sin of being clever. […]

Extract: The Vets at Hope Green by Sheila Norton

Extract: The Vets at Hope Green by Sheila Norton When I left for Hope Green, the wind was bitterly cold, but at least the sun was shining, making it feel comfortably warm inside my ageing little Polo as I headed down the M3. I’d waited until the nausea had settled before setting off. It seemed that […]

Extract: Laura Lake & the Hipster Weddings by Wendy Holden

Extract: Laura Lake and the Hipster Weddings by Wendy Holden The heaps of flowers next door to all this were more numerous than anywhere else in the office. No prizes for guessing whose desk this was. To Harriet, with love from Karl To Harriet, with love from Miuccia To Harriet, with love from Stella The […]