Cloud Cuckoo Land Storycuts

Cloud Cuckoo Land  Storycuts
Author: Shena Mackay
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 29
Release: 2011-11-17
ISBN: 1448128307
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cloud Cuckoo Land Storycuts Book Excerpt:

Roy and Muriel are the retired champions of their local community: ardent charity fundraisers, enthusiastic volunteers, cheerful adopters of maimed or abandoned animals, and proud all-round do-gooders. But something as simple as a new pair of glasses brings everything into unpleasant focus for Roy, as suddenly he sees the reality of his decaying home, his corpulent and ageing wife and his own sunken features, as if through new eyes. Disturbed and shaken, Roy's darkening thoughts turn to the root of his obsessive philanthropy. Part of the Storycuts series, this story was previously published in the collection The Atmospheric Railway.

The Thirty first of October Angelo Storycuts

The Thirty first of October   Angelo  Storycuts
Author: Shena Mackay
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 23
Release: 2011-11-17
ISBN: 1448128218
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Thirty first of October Angelo Storycuts Book Excerpt:

In 'The Thirty-first of October', Claudia's family is long-departed and her talents as a writer fading; she has gradually come to cocoon herself within her chilly cottage. Her misanthropy grows with every unpleasant encounter with her petty neighbours and their ungrateful and cruel daughters, who regard Claudia as a fairytale witch. But just as Claudia reaches breaking point and begins to descend into a dark mess of jagged thoughts, we witness the redemptive power of even the smallest act of kindness. In 'Angelo', Violet Greene glances around the room at the funeral of her first husband - celebrated poet, Felix - and can't help noticing many a familiar face from a previous colourful life: fellow novelists, poets and publishers as well as an array of Felix's former lovers and wives. Consumed by memories of the past, Violet blocks out the gawping, gossiping congregation by fondly and sadly reminiscing about their time together. Part of the Storycuts series, these two stories were previously published in the collection The Atmospheric Railway.

Channel Crossing Roundabout The Meeting Storycuts

Channel Crossing Roundabout The Meeting  Storycuts
Author: Elvi Rhodes
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 28
Release: 2011-11-17
ISBN: 1448125499
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Channel Crossing Roundabout The Meeting Storycuts Book Excerpt:

In 'Channel Crossing', holidays can provide a huge relief from the daily grind...a fresh experience, new surroundings. Such a relief, in fact, that for many people it can signal the start of a new life, in a foreign country. But is the grass always greener on the other side? In 'Roundabout', it is Miriam's wedding day, which she thought would be a no-fuss affair. But she has her chief and only bridesmaid, Joan, bustling around, insisting she have flowers, and fussing about the arrangements for the day. However, it is also Joan who is there to reassure Miriam when she has her last-minute doubts - because the bond between these two women runs far deeper than that of bride and bridesmaid. In 'The Meeting', Meg moved around a lot during her childhood, so meeting up with the rest of her family has always been a big event. But with a ten-year gap between meetings, the numbers dwindle, and the family are faced with the difficult decision of whether they should meet again. Part of the Storycuts series, these three short stories were previously published in the collection Summer Promise and Other Stories.