Table 52 - A Second Collection of Short Stories

Table 52 Writers,Karen Ali,Trevor Aston

Table 52 - A Second Collection of Short Stories
Table 52 Writers
17 July 2022

Table 52 - A Second Collection of Short Stories

Table 52 Writers,Karen Ali,Trevor Aston

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In the spectrum of emotions, this book has more colours than the rainbow.

The themes in this collection of short stories are varied and surprising. They twist and turn while swinging up and down. That’s only to be expected from such an unlikely collection of writers.

They met by chance at a community college. Very different people with only one thing in common - in short - they all had stories to tell.

So get ready, you’ll be astonished where they take you.

The tone is as varied as the settings. Comedy is well represented: Heatwave is a witty alternative history set in the hardboiled world of the American music business, Bilk is a caustic satire on Thai brides, there are Pythonesque flights of fancy and A Cat in the Dark is a delicious modern comedy of manners.

Elsewhere, there are three acute glimpses of modern unease. Then, The Beach is a haunting tale of middle-aged longing while Waiting for the King captures the fervour of boyhood hopes. An encounter in a hospital support group leads to a touching friendship in The Phone Call . The protagonist in the atmospheric Silence of Olive Trees finds that even in an idyllic coastal resort it’s hard to dissipate the memories of an oppressive marriage.

Proceeds go to the mental health charity Richmond Mind.

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