An anthology of 20 of the best stories entered for the 2006 Cheshire Prize for Literature, including the four prize-winning entries. The stories are extremely varied. A fishmonger dreams of romance in the Orkneys, an emigrant comes home from South Africa, and a backpacker tries to quell his wanderlust. An army cadet plots revenge upon a bully, a soldier's actions in Kosova have unexpected consequences, and a veteran wrestles with what he did as a Japanese prisoner of war. This is a collection that locates the local within the international and discovers the extraordinary in the everyday. Couples fall in and out of love, families fracture and endure. Dogs are less than man's best friends, and sinister creatures are conjured by the darkness. Ghosts haunt a guesthouse and a computer, while clocks tell more than the time. The collection thus embraces the full range of human experience, from first kiss to last rites and beyond, enabling us to see the world afresh, dropping through the surface of life, sounding the depths and rippling out to explore the edges of our world. The first prize-winner in the competition was Simon Gotts and the runner-ups were Diane Booth, Leslie Carter and Clive McWilliam. The other contributors are Thomas J. Arnold, Rachael Bate, Anne-Marie Biggs, Tim Casson, Trixi Field, John Sam Jones, Mike Kielty, Maria Maw, Tony Murfin, Janet Nicholson, Don Nixon, Anthea Paget, Kath Pilsbury, Sheila Powell, Richard Rayner and Melanie Yip. The foreword is by the Chairman if the Judging Panel, Ashley Chantler.
Die Booth is a fan of pencil notes, dressing up and making your own magic. An award-winning writer who works mainly in the horror and fantasy genres, Die likes to seek out the illusive in the ordinary and lift the veil of everyday life and can often be found investigating abandoned buildings and shooting stuff with arrows, or toy cameras.
Re-Vamp, a collection of back-to-the-roots horror stories co-edited with L.C. Hu, was released in October 2011.
Die's new novel Spirit Houses, a tale of possession, betrayal and lovely cups of tea is due out on Friday 13th September 2013.
You can visit Die at http://diebooth.wordpress.com/