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Sit Up, Stand Up, Speak Up: An Emotional Short Story Collection

Sarah Hussain

Are you able to capture a thought and challenge it? We grow up with a set of beliefs and values, influenced by the society we grow up in. This collection of fictional stories invites you to explore your ideas and challenge your mind.


Set in colonized India, a young woman befriended by a soldier from England, contemplates running away with him in order to seek freedom. Is it possible that she can succeed?


Abused and mistreated, living in the Viceroy’s house leads to Sharda feeling like there is no escape, but an unfortunate event changes everything on a hunting trip.

A young boy, taken prisoner along with his grandfather, the only surviving member of his family, is tortured and fears for his life. Can he escape and seek justice for his people?


After a car accident, a young man is trapped between Heaven and Hell, wishing he had one more chance.


Aaisha has fled worn torn Syria and is trying to reach safety in England. She is at risk of being sold into prostitution, but is spirited and fearless in her determination to escape. A chance meeting gives her hope.'


We have been gifted with a mind, which can be utilised and fuelled by positive attitudes or by narrow minded assumptions accepted in the first instance.


'Don't accept the first thought that crosses your mind just because you are told too... Explore it, challenge it, debate it and accept what you know is right in your heart and soul'

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Sarah Hussain was born in England in 1985. As well as being a proud mother and wife, she also completed a BA Honours Arts of Literature in 2008 and began writing short stories and poetry soon after. Having completed a PGCE with ESOL Specialism, Sarah began teaching English to speakers of other languages in 2009. She is currently studying an MA Education and still lecturing in ESOL.


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