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The stories here are linked by a common theme – the choices people make or that others have made for them. A young woman makes a life-changing decision over the course of a lunch; a couple in a futuristic world have to decide whether to embrace real contact or settle for the familiar technology. And, in one story, a sister revises her relationship with her younger brother in light of his disability. This anthology reflects the best of the writing and, in the end, what makes the tale is the telling of it. When voices are strong and the prose rhythmic and lyrical, the stories that emerge are the ones we remember.
This anthology comprises the best stories from the long-list. Several of the writers have had work published or have won other story awards.
About the Author
The twelve authors in this anthology all entered the first Bath Short Story Competition and their stories were selected from the long list. Some are first-time writers but many of them have won other story awards and had other works of fiction published.
Meet a mixture of beguiling narrators, from seven-year-old Leonardo Renoir Hope trying to change the past so his dad doesn’t die, and George and his carrot-growing friends on an east London allotment waiting for the world to end, to Amy Fisher who realises that her husband, after his sudden death, is not who she thinks he is… but who is the other Mrs Fisher? This one adds a touch of medical horror to the mix.
All of the stories are about ordinary people when extraordinary things happen to them.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND, 1963, DALLAS, TEXAS, 12.30PM.
The US President, John F Kennedy, is assassinated as his motorcade hits town, watched by crowds of spectators and the world s media. Watching too from the grassy knoll nearby is a young mother who, in the confusion, lets go of her daughter's hand. When she turns around the little girl has vanished. Fifty years later, when everyone remembers what they were doing at that moment in history, she is still missing. Who will remember her?
Local hack Gary Blanchet, inspired by the mother's story, joins forces with former police psychic Lydia Collins to seek answers. Risking ridicule for their controversial theories and with a classroom shooting close to home to deal with, they re-examine the evidence from that day, study footage and look at the official report for details of witnesses in the JFK case. But this time they re not looking for a man in a crowd with a gun; they are looking for little Eleanor Boone.
Gone, while no one was watching? Maybe someone was.
Due to flashbacks of dark scenes and sexual abuse, this memoir is for adults only and although it's a sequel, it can easily be read alone.
We approached several writers who we knew cared about these matters and who also write beautifully. Other stories just fell into our laps – they had been submitted to other anthologies and seemed to suit this one.
The proceeds from this anthology go to the Against Malaria Foundation.
List of authors: Ruth Bateson, Jessica Joy, Sophie Marie, Lyndon Mallet, Kevin Keely, Rosalind Adler, Hal Ackerman, Peter Fong, Anna Tan, Saphia Fleury, Alice Penfold, Jeannie Abbott, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, Malcolm Welshman, Nicola Brooks-Williamson, Sam Middleton Beattie, Olivia Templeton, Kirsty Holmes, Jill Barth, Sylvia Telfer, Parker McIntosh, Paul Thurston, E.F.S. Byrne, Irma Goderdzishvili, Juliet Staveley, Chantal Mackley, Alexandra Hademenos, Vanessa Steer, Sean Watkin, Sherry Morris, Cooper Wilms, Elspeth Knight, Laurence Klinger, Lucy Holden.
But we wouldn’t want to disappoint you. There are plenty of moments in this little collection that make you hold your breath, make you want to lock the door and turn the lights up and make you wish you hadn’t stayed home alone.
Laugh, cry and prepare to be scared…
Here you will find that our writers have risen to the challenge.
Flinch at the things that twitch in the windows a mile up from the city streets. Let text messages lead you towards a man that you already know is going to mess with your head. Find the meaning of life in your own lobotomy. Now, the ghost of Gaudi whispers in your ear, urging you to get yourself another lover, insisting it’s all going to be smooth and comfortable this time. Ruin yourself and drift towards the haunted shores of your youth. Then find yourself back there, returned to the low-down slums of a city in a country that no longer exists, that UNTHOLOGY 7 documented and mapped out for you, and you alone, a long, long time ago.
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