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Contemporary Fiction

  • The Next Stop

    Dimitris Politis

    The mundane everyday cycle of our lives keeps repeating itself, unstoppable, tiresome, often relentless. We wake each morning, pass each day in the same way, sleep in the same bed each night, only to get up and to begin an identical day the next morning. We simply try to survive, from one day to the next, creating the illusion that we do not belong anywhere. Out of fear of rejection, we build strong silos and barr

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  • Table Manners

    Maureen O' Brien

    La Jazz Café and Restaurant is an institution in town. It's watched three generations grow, develop, leave and return, and it could write a book of stories. Oh wait, it did! It can tell you about Arthur, about to complete his circle of life. And it could tell you about Jas, who sometimes feels like a circus juggler with all the responsibilities she has to constantly shuffle. It could tell you about Cyri

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  • The Burning Man

    Edward Figg

    Drugs, arson and armed robbery send the investigating officers of the Kent Street CID down a path that, in the end, leads to death and destruction. They set out to track down a merciless killer who leaves his victim to be devoured by fire. As they probe deeper, it leads them to yet another of the killer's victims and then down into the dark and the sinister world of drug trafficking. A separate inves

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  • The Undertaker's Apprentice

    Geraldine Oliver

    Dartel was going to be an AB*, a living legend, until the accident that killed his best mate Peejay. Peejay's death changed everything. Dartel found himself working for the undertaker who took charge of Peejay's funeral. This wasn't the future he'd dreamed of! Instead he was trapped in the wrong life, with his used-to-be-famous, now drunk mother, Mita, his wannabe Mobster brother Buddy and his

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  • A View From Above

    John Warin

    The Oligarch was filthy rich, but also intelligent and well educated. He hated the limelight and operated behind smoke and mirrors. Not for nothing was he known as the Mythe. In the years between 2000 and 2007 we all lived with a smile on our faces. If we wanted something we simply whipped out the credit card and bought it. If we wanted to buy a house we were able to raise a mortgage with no questions asked

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  • Cornish Moments

    Darren John Wilson

    The short stories in this collection are all linked by the magnificent backdrop of their setting in Cornwall. Love and loss, tragedy and mystery abound in these tales. From stories set amidst the crowds of traditional Cornish celebrations, such as Helston's Flora Day and May Day in St Ives, to intimate settings of home or local public house, Cornwall is a significant character in all of them.

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  • The Colourful World In Nickolai Gold Volume I

    Lela Sara

    Nickolai Gold, a Sage of wander travels the seemingly impenetrable dimensions where reality and magic co-exist. As above, so below. He transcends the cradles of the unseen. Shape shifting triumphantly in and beyond multifaceted realms. Firstly, in Point Twenty-Two O' Wander Stuck. Airy and wise, he joins Aluna de Harmonica in a quest to distinguish the left from the right. Guided by their wit

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  • Floral House

    Elizabeth Love

    Follow the next chapter in the journey of Timothy and his pet parrot, Carolina. Tim left Edinburgh and his Aunt Thora behind as he returned to his beloved Yorkshire. He still loved gardening and set about learning all that he could to enable him to be a lecturer. Could he really fulfil his dreams? He married a beautiful girl, Lily, and together, they felt they could take on the world. With his

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  • The Beast of Bishop

    Borden Shaw

    Jonathan Fredericks was tabloid fodder. The disappearance of his wife, the story of the thug from Miami who met Jonathan at the border and promptly vanished - allegations, all allegations. The Telestar paper wasn't really paying much attention until Jonathan got hold of the paper's editor offering an exclusive, no holds barred. Old Bull still wouldn't have had any interest except the bottom l

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  • Four Becomes the One

    Michael Dowle

    October 1954 Peter Johnson is born in Manchester, after a difficult birth, to his mother Brenda; the fourth son to her and husband, Jim. Unknowingly, his father wished for a daughter. One year later, Jim tells Brenda how he feels, unable to bond closely with their youngest son. So, for the next seven years, she banishes him from their marital bed; until Peter has his eighth birthday. Things ch

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  • Dear Keelen

    Jessica Leigh

    Addyson Mae has always been the girl that did things the ‘proper' way. She excelled at school, graduated from university and landed a stable job. But after the breakdown of her engagement and the torment of her mother's failing health, she flees Sydney for the dazzling lights and blueberry bagels of Los Angeles. There, she is determined to pursue her dream of writing a bestseller and has no intention

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  • The Letters of Room 13

    B. A. Saidel

    What is it about Room 13? How can a hotel room shape and mould itself to fit the heart's desire of each and every guest? The people who stay in that room feel compelled to record their experiences, and their letters are stored permanently in the Ledger under the Keeper's protection. Delve into these stories and you will ask yourself whether Room 13 is inhabited by ghosts, influenced by magic or simply reve

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