What I love about collections of short stories is that you can dip in them whenever you have a little time out. Very often when I grab a cuppa I like to read and just choosing one or two of the stories in this collection will take your mind on a journey. I’ve randomly picked and read a few of these stories just be choosing titles that I liked the sound of. Each story grasped my attention and imagination straight away. Some of the stories were touchingly poignant and evoked many emotions in me chilling me to my bone and sending a shock through my heart and body and others were like a warm comforting blanket.
To date, I have read: •The Tiger Who Came Back to Apologise •Siamese •Lydia and the Cat •Real Comfort Food •East, West
I believe a compilation of short stories is an essential book shelf/coffee table accessory.
Take some time out to free your mind and help others at the same time.
I warn you now, when you sit down with a cup of tea and a ginger biscuit to read the first story or two in this book, prepare for the black hole in time. Your tea gets cold, your cat steals the biscuit and you become immersed in wonderful, imaginative, heart-wrenching stories of Home. Take tissues on your journey, you'll need them.
I have to first say I have a story in this but so do fifty-four other writers. There’s realism both gritty and magical, there’s sci-fi, the cosy, the comic, the quirky and the tragic. Stories for Homes 2, like the first volume, contains a good mix of different approaches to the home theme. Two stories had a similar theme to mine, that of a home for children fostered/adopted. Lindsay Bamfield’s The Importance of Shoelaces and Home baked by Maureen Cullen both cover the ups and downs of this situation extremely well. Mine’s mainly just about food. Home IS food and safety. What everyone needs but not everyone has. Some writers chose to write about homelessness/refugees and their stories are most enlightening about these kind of situations. I loved the character of Safi, in Safi by Jacqueline Piazis and enjoyed the happy ending. For me personally, there were five stand out stories. Another reader would pick a different set. It’s all very subjective of course. Seagull by Sharon Bennett is sad, sweet and funny and will have you wondering if you would like a seagull living on your head. Siamese by Poppy O'Neill is a well crafted and unusual story about twins who make their living being part of a reality show. Never Knowingly by Joan Taylor-Rowan is such a charming and funny idea; that of living in a department store at Christmas. Lovely characters and dialogue. Rain by Lindsay Fisher is so well written, with great descriptions and an engaging narrative voice. Reading it felt like being swept away by flood water. A Place to Paint Yellow by Isobel Costello really struck a chord with me, the character’s life being most like mine. Isobel writes an obese character so well. Maria is more intelligent than others would have her believe, she has ambitions just like anyone else – including a place of her own of course - and she’s good at her job. I loved the hopeful ending and feel sure she can do it, as I am doing. The sign of a successful short story is for the reader to believe the character’s life goes on beyond the last line. So there’s something for everyone in this anthology of good quality writing. You’ll laugh, cry and learn. And don’t forget, when you buy your copy – as with volume 1, which raised over £3k - the proceeds go to the charity Shelter.
I had the honour of helping to proof read this anthology and will say that I was was expecting a bit of a mixed bag. I've proof read other anthologies and admit to being a little underwhelmed in the past. Not so this time. I was absolutely blown away with the wide-range of stories, the imagination, story-telling and skill of these writers. It sounds a cliche but it's true - I laughed and certainly cried and gasped a little, too.
I've just bought three copies.It's fantastic that the proceeds of the book go to charity, even better that I'm buying a quality read for Christmas presents as well. Thoroughly recommended.
I may be biased as one of my stories is in this collection, but having read the other 54, I am really honoured that mine is among them. There is a wide range of story styles and the theme of home has been interpreted in many ways so there really is something for everyone. There are stark thought-provoking and realistic stories, there are cosy, life affirming stories (some are both,) humour, grit, surreal - you name it. Many of the stories are worth a re-read again and again.
A lovely book to pick up and dip into or one to settle down with for a long read on a cold evening - either way it works! Buying this anthology is both a source of good literature and it helps the charity, Shelter, so it's win-win.
I love anthologies of short stories, as there is always something to like and/or love. This was the case in this book, usually there are a couple of tales that don't appeal or grab me, but in this case they all did - some more than others.
I can't pick out a favorite, I wish I could, the standard of story is very high in this book.
A good gift for Christmas, it's ideal to dip into for the stories and to reflect on other peoples lives.
There are some great stories in here. In general the comic ones were the most successful for me. Others are of lower quality, which is a pity. The selection could have been more discerning - no need for the book to be so long. Also surprising to see some typos on the contents page...
A wonderful collection of 55 stories by new and established authors. The theme of ‘home’ makes each one very powerful while allowing a range of interesting interpretations. I haven’t finished reading it yet but a couple of stories have already made me cry! All profits from the book go to Shelter which is a bonus.
Stories for Homes is an anthology containing the writings of fifty-five authors. Each short story has been written especially for the book, with the proceeds from the sales going to the charity, Shelter. The book is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower Fire.
The collection is as diverse as the authors. I must confess some of the stories did confused me as to what was actually happening, but they were still delightful to read. Others made me smile, whilst a few touched my heart. All of them were poignant, and made me stop and look at the world.
A few of my favourites were:- – Seagull by Sharon Bennett – Day 89 by Giselle Delsol – The Nightingales Song by Rose McGinty
My overall favourite though was ‘Nomad’ by Sharon Telfer. It tells the story of how one nomad feels, although I’m sure there are plenty who feel the same way. Everything he uses, everywhere he goes, everything he touches is someone else’s, or someone else has been there before him. But there are a few things that are just his, one is his bag, the other is deep inside of him, his pain.
As you can imagine with fifty-five stories to get through, it’s not a short, nor quick read, but what is great about anthologies is that you can pick the book up, read one, or a few of the stories and then put down again for another day.
A wonderful book, written by a group of lovely authors who have given up their time, for free, for a brilliant charity that help so many people in the UK.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog *I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed