Source – review copy
The Fiction Desk is a blog and twitter feed run by Rob Redman ,an Editor based in Italy in Roma ,I ve spoken to Rob via twitter and followed his blog for a couple of years so think I have an ear for what he likes book and writing wise ,so was so pleased to be sent this collection of 12 short stories by new and upcoming writers .Rob describes the books experience as being a dj and making compilation cds for the nights he dj ,so I sat back and read his choices .
There isn’t a theme to this collection some stories are similar a number about family ,we follow a Scottish lad on the bus to his parents only to discover his father in a stat of chaos and his mother gone .
“What are you on about ”
“You see ,your mum ,she’s saying …its the drink.” the balls thud and spin on the Tv and ger’s heartbeat makes him stay very still .
Gerry find out his Ma is gone .(almost like a Glasvegas song as a story )
In another a younger boy set out on an ill fated journey to find a long-lost father who is in Wales ,firstly trying the train then walking and meeting people .Another explains the joys of trying to catch and fall in love with an Air hostess over the course of a flight told as a basic guide of how too ,a story by Windmills books PR person Marcus Harvey .A man pretends to be a dog called rex in another ,this story is very surreal .as a family falls apart rex is a the centre of the action .There is a story following an office, a high-powered executive working in the US for the government is concerned about his new assistant she seems to leave the office early every day ,he confronts her and she tells him about how she is playing in a small play ,he is interested she says he could join her and he does .
The last thing he heard as Brutus set him down on the floor was the voice of Sadie
“I think we have a caesar”
he stood up and felt like he could probably die all night .
Daniel the executive discovers the joy of acting .
I leave you there with the stories if you want to know more go out and support Rob ,there isn’t a bad story in this collection to use the time-worn phrase they are all page turners .and to take it back to Rob’s starting point of a dj ,well this book is like the semi legendary NME MIXTAPE C86 ,which collected a group of acts in 1986 ,some were couple of hit wonders and some went on to be huge ,this collection has tha feel anyone here could be huge and sure someone from this collection will but who or when is hard to say but if this is Rob’s mix of new writing in English ,well it looks like we re in good health .here is collection and writers with links to the fiction desk bio of every writer .
- Charles Lambert – All I want
- Lynsey May – Two Buses Away
- Matthew Licht – Dave Tough’s Luck
- Danny Rhodes – A Covering of Leaves
- Ben Lyle – Crannock House
- Ben Cheetham – Sometimes the Only Way Out is In
- Harvey Marcus – How to Fall in Love With an Air Hostess
- Jason Atkinson – Assassination Scene
- Patrick Whittaker – Celia and Harold
- Adrian Stumpp – Nativity
- Jon Wallace – Rex
- Alex Cameron – The Puzzle
Do you like new collections of stories ?