`Stories for Homes' - such a great idea. An anthology of all-new stories and poems with Home-based themes, written and donated free by established and up-and-coming authors to entertain and raise money for Shelter, the charity for housing and the homeless. No less than 63 separate tales and verses to tug at your heartstrings or tickle your funny bone - and all for under a fiver!
I'm so enjoying reading my way through this eclectic collection. The opening tale by Mandy Berriman, `A Home Without Moles,' is such a delight. It is narrated by the four- or five-year-old Jessika who has her own unique vocabulary of words spelt just has she has heard them; I particularly liked the leaking rainy-hater that her mum had to patch up with chewing-gum. Her baby brother's fection isn't going to get better unless they can move to a home without moles. You'll probably need to read the story for yourself to work that one out.
Frances Gapper's `Babylon' tells us of the home make-over from hell and Jo Lidbetter takes us to the Far East for a disturbing story of the aftermath of war.
Sarah Evans, in `Motherhood,' captures so perfectly the competing emotions of aging parents when their adult daughter returns to the nest like some cuckoo determined on her own ways and oblivious to the disruption she is causing.
In the first of the poems to be included, Mark Aram neatly contrasts the pros and cons of `Home' and concludes:
`Home can follow you around like a friendly cat or a heavy rucksack.'
I know this anthology will follow me around until I have devoured all it has to offer; I still have many pleasant hours of reading ahead of me. Why not join me in this wonderful trip through the skilful imaginations of gifted writers and help Shelter in the excellent work they are doing every day writing their own real life stories for homes?
In this book you'll find stories and poems of the highest quality all linked together with the theme of 'home'. It's a really enjoyable read and thought provoking as well. Whether you're a fan of short stories, or want to write them yourself this is a great book to start. Of course, if you just want to be transported into different times, places and people and enjoy a cracking read, then this is the book for you! All proceeds from this book go to Shelter. So not only a great read but also for a superb and worthy cause!
I bought the book to support the cause - all proceeds go to Shelter - but was impressed by the quality and variety of the short stories, which cover all aspects of the theme of home. The standard of writing is excellent and the stories are written in such a wide variety of styles that there will be something for everyone in this compilation. Often an emotional read, but never dull. Highly recommended.
I bought this anthology primarily to support Shelter, but didn't expect such a huge range of beautiful stories.
I'm about 2/3 of the way through, but just wanted to encourage others to buy it. The theme works so well, drawing together a mixture of genres and styles to bring us all right down to almost the very bottom of Marlow's Hierarchy of Needs - home. Without naming any favourite stories, the overall result is sobering and uplifting in equal parts: an important reminder that what we all seek most is the very same thing.
In these dyspeptic days after Christmas, here is one feast that won't fatten; a collection of short stories around the theme of 'homes', a chocolate box that allows you to indulge without guilt. Some will make you laugh, others cry, and some will have you rummaging around in the box in the hope that there's another one by that author. Feast away - it's all in aid of Shelter but worth buying just for itself.
this superb collection of short stories from around the world is a joy to read and the theme of home makes an interesting link between the tales. i hope that this book will bring in lots of monry to shelter diane wolland