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Short Stories
Running Away from Home
Stories collected by David Syme
UK price: £6.99     US price: $9.99
Published by Diadem Books:
an imprint of Spiderwize
Format: Paperback
Size :
20.2 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
Pages: 184
Published: 13 Dec 2010

David Syme is a keen traveller and runner and has combined the two whenever possible to explore foreign lands "on foot". As a linguist he worked for NATO in China, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, while expeditions and holidays have enabled him to explore Africa and the Americas; running shoes were always first into the suitcase. Not a camera-user, he uses the printed word as a reminder of some of his more memorable runs, many of which were "out of the comfort zone"! Having inspired his son and daughter to run, they too have contributed accounts of "runs away from home", as have two of David's running friends from Harmeny Athletic. This is a light-hearted, entertaining collection of short stories about running. David says "We all hope this book will inspire readers to consider any travel away from home as an opportunity to seek new running challenges". The entire royalties from the sale of this book will go to Tong-Len, a charity for street children in Northern India. It was founded by an Edinburgh family who saw them and decided to do something.

Darkness to Light   
Further Enlightening Poetry & Prose
by Beth Richards

UK price: £6.99      US price: $10.40
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Diadem Books
Size : 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.8 cm
Pages: 138
ISBN: 978-1907294075
Published: Sep-2009

A new collection of Beth Richards' inspiring poems and prose pieces (short stories).

Note from the author:

My aim in this book of poems and prose is to reach out to a number of readers – therefore I’ve written about many different subjects, which will almost certainly touch the hearts of many.  Maybe some of the subjects will even help someone with a similar problem in his or her life to find a solution – a form of self-help!

The Mircale of Penelope Jane
& Other Stories              

by Lesley Drinkwater

UK price: £8.50     US price: $23.00
Publisher: Diadem Books
Format: Paperback:

ISBN: 978-1-4092-7921-1
Publisher: Diadem Books
Edition: First Edition

At last—at long last—here is the return of the short story. Collections of short stories, as a genre in their own right, have long since disappeared from publication in the UK.

Fifteen Easy Tales  
and Strange Stories

by Bryan H. George

UK price: £7.99     US price: $16.95
Publisher: Diadem Books
Format: Paperback:
ISBN: 978-0-9559852-2-5

Publisher: Diadem Books
Edition: First Edition

Humour and irony combine to give piquancy to these 15 short stories which fall into three different genres—Life’s Tapestry; Village Tales; Strange Happenings

Life on the Farm   
by Robert Nice

UK price: £7.98     US price: $13.77
Publisher: Diadem Books
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 4.25 x  6.88
Pages: 84
ISBN: 978-0-557-04271-5
Published: Feb-2009

“Big Bob” has big dreams of retirement income as his intentions to learn all about Christmas tree farming quickly give way to the realities of merely coping with everyday country problems.  This book takes the reader through scenes of hilarity in his naïve approach to living Life on the Farm.

Light Reading      
Reflections in Poetry and Prose

by Beth Richards

UK price: £8.96    US price: $16.95
Publisher: Diadem Books
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 140
Published: December-2008

Beth Richards writes: ‘I’ve always maintained that writing poetry (and other forms of creative writing) is a gift from God.’ Here, again, the creative muse continues to inspire Beth—hence this latest book of short stories and poetry entitled Light Reading.  (Discerning readers will, of course, appreciate the pun on the word Light, hopefully made clearer by Beth’s oil painting of the Baccaro Lighthouse, in Nova Scotia, on the front cover!)

The Alphabet Wars      
by Raf Erzeel

UK price: £6.95     US price: $12.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 9" x 6"
Pages: 128
ISBN: 978-0-9559852-0-1
Published: Dec-2008
Publisher: Diadem Books

Imagination runs riot in these unexpected tales without human protagonists. Objects and concepts seem more than willing to share their emotions, though.

A Nation In Flames: Short Stories WITH A GOTHIC, MILITARY & SF FLAVOUR                    

UK price: £6.00      US price: $10.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 118
ISBN: 0-595-47889-1
Published: Nov-2007

Startling stories with a Gothic flavour in the tradition of the Hammer House of Horror movies! Vampires, death, pain, darkness, war and a bit of hope combine to make these stories gripping and memorable.

Swollen Ankles & Blowfish Kisses  by Maria Emami     

UK price: £15.99    US price: $26.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 424
ISBN: 0-595-37727-0
Published: Jan-2006 

This is a rich collaboration of personal stories, which will provide some insight, entertainment and information for the all-expectant mothers. These personal baby stories written in the mother’s voice share actual issues of concern and provide recommended solutions and survival tactics.

Tommy One             
by Tom Morgan

UK price: £7.99      US price: $12.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 108
ISBN: 0-595-37447-6
Published: Nov-2005

A collection of hilarious tales about the actions and reactions of a ‘cockney kid’ to his imposed life in a rural landscape during his six years of World War Two. His thoughts, fears and imaginings, broken by loss, lust, brutality and learning.

Tears, Kisses & Goodbyes : A Collective of Tales           
by Philippa Hawkins 

Our price: £7.37        US price: $13.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 178
ISBN: 0-595-35109-3
Published: Apr-2005 

A collection of short stories that touch your heart with laughter and tears, delight and despair. A journey through life in one small book.

by Richard Brock

US price: $10.95  UK price: £9.49 
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 108
ISBN: 0-595-29980-6
Published: Oct-2003

Other Formats:  Hard Cover

A collection of short stories of romance, violence, bigotry, self-discovery and therapeutic genealogy set over a century-and-a-half of British industrial history!

Life’s not all Wine and Roses!        
A collection of tales from Southern France      
by Bruce Watson

US price: $9.95    UK price: £8.99
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 100
ISBN: 0-595-27703-9
Published: Apr-2003

A Year in Provence was an excellent read, but here are slices of life from a market-town in Southern France, seen from the inside.

Solomon Had It Easier       
by Barrie Moody   

US price: $15.95   UK price: £13.99
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 242
ISBN: 0-595-26803-X
Published: Jan-2003

The stories in this collection are eminently entertaining and amusing, conveying the considered verdicts of a Yorkshire Judge well past retiring age with a sense of humour that is both exquisitely dry and nicely understated.

Long Skis // Short Stories        
by Kurt Larson
US price: $13.95     UK price  £11.99
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 204
ISBN: 0-595-23618-9
Publication Date: Jul-2002

These are absorbing stories that crystalize the essence of skiing, from the spectacular winter wilderness of Upper Michigan, the Rockies, the Highlands of Scotland and the Alps.

Rooikraal Revisited: Farming During Apartheid.

Writers Club Press.

ISBN 0-595-09180-6
PRICE:   $10.95 U.S.   £9.41 U.K.


Though Dylan Weston now lives in California, the colorful and often humorous stories she has written in this collection come out of her direct experience of life on two farms in South Africa during the Apartheid years.   They are interesting not only for the characters and situations they describe, but for the light they shed on an historical era now forever (many will say thankfully!)  consigned to the past.  

Roy Holland: News From Parched Mountain: Tales from the Karoo  in the new South  Africa.


Writers Club Press                                                                                                             

 ISBN  0-595-14612-0  US Price  $13.95    UK Price: £9.75

These stories eloquently portray the life of a small Afrikaner town - with humour and pithy comments on the ills of modern society. Holland's style is a combination of P G du plessis and A C Bosman.   

 Roy Holland:  Pivot of Violence :   Tales of the New South Africa           

 Publisher: Writers Club Press   
ISBN: 0-595-15821-8 
US Price $12.95       UK Price: £11.13


Short Stories highlighting the tensions and dramatic racial conflicts in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Roy Holland: 

Flakes of Dark and Light: Tales from  Southern Africa   and Elsewhere  
Publisher: Writers Club Press

 US price: $14.95        UK Price: £12.85 


Pithy stories that cover the England of the Thirties to the South Africa of the Nineties.

  Roy Holland:  Just A Bit Touched: Tales of  Perspective.                             

 Publisher: Writers Club Press

ISBN: 0-595-15874-9
UK Price: £8.55         US Price: $9.95                 


So many of Roy Holland's characters seem to be 'a bit touched', as one of them says of his family. That's why his tales are so colourful, amusing and absorbing. The stories themselves are 'touched' by many perspectives - historical to anti-utopian.

 Filton Hebbard Memories of Kalgoorlie                          

 Publisher: Writers Club Press 

ISBN: 0-595-19134-7

 UK Price: £17.10        
US Price: $19.95


Picaresque and vivid stories told with humour and pathos, which reveal the stark realities, the swift, sometimes cruel justice of the bush in the old mining days of Western Australia.