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Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure

Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy Crimminy Unusual Adventure

The Little Snake

The Little Snake

The Little Snake

This is the story of Mary, a young girl born in a beautiful city full of rose gardens and fluttering kites. When she is still very small, Mary meets Lanmo, …
24 Stories

24 Stories

In the early hours of 14 June 2017, a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London, killing at least 72 people and injuring many more. An entire community …
Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy Crimminy Unusual Adventure

Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy Crimminy Unusual Adventure

Uncle Shawn has rescued Badger Bill from the horrible MacGloones, and the two best friends are living happily with their llama friends on their llama farm. Only, Bill isn’t sure …
Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure

Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure

Badger Bill needs rescuing. He’s been kidnapped by two nasty sisters who are about to make him fight a boxing match against three even nastier dogs. The four most depressed …
Serious Sweet

Serious Sweet

A good man in a bad world, Jon Sigurdsson is fifty-nine and divorced, a senior civil servant in London who hates many of his colleagues and loathes his work for …
The Drosten’s Curse

The Drosten’s Curse

Something distinctly odd is going on in Arbroath. It could be to do with golfers being dragged down into the bunkers at the Fetch Brothers’ Golf Spa Hotel, never to …
The Great War

The Great War

Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the world remembers the sixteen million people killed during …
All The Rage

All The Rage

She doesn’t ever lie to him unless it’s for the best. A husband and wife wait for a train as their relationship unspools silently around them. A woman contemplates the …
Doctor Who: The Death Pit (Time Trips)

Doctor Who: The Death Pit (Time Trips)

Something odd is going on at the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel. Receptionist Bryony Mailer has noticed a definite tendency towards disappearance amongst the guests. She’s tried talking to the …
On Writing

On Writing

After six novels, five story collections and two books of non-fiction, and countless international prizes, A.L. Kennedy certainly has the authority to talk about the craft of writing books it’s …
The Blue Book

The Blue Book

Elizabeth Barber is crossing the Atlantic by liner with her boyfriend, Derek, who might be planning to propose. In fleeing the UK temporarily, Elizabeth may also be in flight from …
What Becomes

What Becomes

In the title story, a man abandons his indifferent wife and wanders into a small-town movie theater where he finds himself just as invisible as he was at home. In …
Day

Day

Alfie Day, RAF airman and former World War II POW, never expected to survive the war. Now, five years later and more alone than ever, Alfie finds himself drawn to …
Paradise

Paradise

Hannah Luckraft sells cardboard boxes for a living. Her family is so frustrated by her behavior they can barely stand to keep in touch with her. Each day is fueled …
Indelible Acts

Indelible Acts

The love story (as well as the story of love lost, obsessed over, or longed for) gets a complete and thrilling renovation at the hands of the most virtuosic literary …
On Bullfighting

On Bullfighting

Bullfighting – this complicated, repellent, fascinating, grotesque, sacramental, ugly, ritualistic, haphazard and blasphemous fight. Hemingway, Conrad and Lorca have all written about it, now it’s the turn of acclaimed novelist …
Original Bliss

Original Bliss

The stories collected in Original Bliss are concerned, appropriately, with the complexities of sex and the lack of it. In the long novella that gives the book its title, Helen …
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

Winston Churchill hated The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, and tried to have it banned when it was released in 1943. But Martin Scorsese, a champion of directors Michael …
So I Am Glad

So I Am Glad

M. Jennifer Wilson is a mid-thirties radio announcer living in Glasgow. She shares a house with Art and Liz, two typical Scotland thirtysomethings, but her life takes a drastic turn …
Now That You’re Back

Now That You’re Back

Exposing and exploring the sinuous undercurrents of violence, anguish and love, A.L. Kennedy examines the nature of the individual, both in isolation and society, as characters define and deny their …
Looking For Possible Dance

Looking For Possible Dance

Mary Margaret Hamilton was educated in Scotland. She was born there too. These may not have been the best possible options, but they were the only ones on offer at …
Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains

Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains

The heroes and heroines of Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains, A. L. Kennedy’s first collection of stories, are small people – the kind who inhabit the silence in libraries, …
Everything You Need

Everything You Need

Nathan Staples is consumed by loathing and love in roughly equal measures. Frustrated by his life and the way he lives it, he is sustained only by his passionate devotion …