The Mechanics' Institute Review: Issue 7: 1 Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Sep 2010
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About the Author
This issue features contributions from David Faster Wallce, Bernardine Evaristo, Nicholas Hogg and Salena Godden alongside 22 stories representing the best work from students on the Creative Writing Programme at Birkbeck, University of London. Also included in an essay by John Ralston Saul, President of the respected literary and humanitarian charity International PEN.
Top Customer Reviews
A wonderfully gothic tale about two innocent and wilful brothers; Julien and Fred who search for mystery and adventure in their attic, a place that they have been forbidden by their parents to enter. What they find there releases a sinister force that they quickly lose control of. The writing is well paced and the story is told in the form of a diary written by Julien the younger of the brothers. His innocent diary entries make a wonderful juxtaposition for the macabre story that unfolds, sending a shiver down the spine of the reader and leaving them with the lasting feeling that wilful but innocent play can lead to tragedy.
Lucky Lucky Me by Jules Grant
Once you become accustomed to the colloquial speech, this story grabs you and exposes you to the seedy life of a working girl. No longer faceless and nameless, this story names her as Keira a young mother of two small children who wants to make Christmas special for her children, but at what cost? It depicts the danger and the desperation that young women of a certain class and age may find themselves in. The writing reflects the subject matter and tells a compelling story that grips and horrifies both at the same time.
Strangely Comforting by Sadie McKenzie
This is Heather's story and is a snapshot of urban twenty-first century living. the writer transports the reader into Heather's communities, the community where she lives and the care in the community that she is subject to. Often lyrical and poetical the text shows the reader the world of Ladbroke Grove through Heather's eyes and hints at the causes of her breakdown.Read more ›
My personal favourites were Laura Tapsfield's "My Brother, the Soldier" which had me in tears with its humourous yet heart-breaking story of brotherly love and loss, and David Queva's "Maufe", the journal of the dark deeds and fate of two brothers.
But you could well find another dozen favourites, as each and every story has its own dimension and creates a lasting impact.
A wonderful holiday companion!