Free to Read Short Stories

HERE IS A SELECTION OF MY SHORT STORIES FREE TO READ AND ENJOY AT YOUR LEISURE — YOU MAY HAVE COME ACROSS SOME OF THEM BEFORE, AS SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED – OTHERS HAVE NOT, AND SO WILL BE NEW TO YOU AND MAKING THEIR DEBUT ON HERE, INITIALLY VIA MY BLOG PAGE AND THEN VIA A PDF LINK ON THIS PAGE. THEY SPAN ABOUT 30 YEARS OF MY WRITING. I HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM, DO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE FEEDBACK VIA THE COMMENTS SECTION BENEATH EACH BLOG ENTRY OR VIA OUR FACEBOOK PAGE – IT IS ALWAYS NICE TO HEAR WHAT THE READER THINKS. I HOPE THEY SERVE AS A SMALL INTRODUCTION TO THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO MY WORK, AND AN ENJOYABLE FIX FOR MY ESTABLISHED FANS WHILST THEY ARE WAITING FOR MY NEXT BOOK 🙂

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The Short Stories

Fen SkaterThe Race

Historical Notes on “The Race”:  Fen legend has it that on the way back from London one evening in 1875, six young Ely bucks were subjected to the Cambridge Stationmaster voicing the glories of the Great Eastern Railway whilst they waited for their connection. The young men begged to differ and declared that the train from King’s Lynn to Ely was so slow that one of their Fenland ice skaters could easily beat it in a race. This is the story of that race. All the characters are based on careful research, and the real people and events. Organised ice skating was born in the Fens, and is still active today – when the weather conditions are right.

 “The Race” was first published in Issue 4 of Vintage Script Magazine  — Winter 2012. It achieved wide acclaim and a very charming email from Larman Register’s great-granddaughter.

Please click on this PDF Link – to read this story  The Race pdf


pianoFinding Your Voice

Author’s Notes on “Finding Your Voice”: This  story was written about seven years ago and has not been previously published elsewhere, so you are getting to be its first ever readers… a premier, if you will. A little, heartwarming, contemporary tale.

Please click on this PDF Link – to read this story Finding Your Voice pdf


c6cf5d162005d0379b749b6313688341One of The Family

Historical Note on “One of the Family”: When Buffalo Billy Cody brought his Wild West Show on the first of its three visits to the United Kingdom in 1887, the furore he created was unprecedented. Thousands lined the streets when the exhibition made its way to Earl’s Court and on its opening night 28,000 people were there to see the splendour that was Colonel Cody’s Wild West. Buffalo Bill would return again in 1891-2 and finally from 1902 to 1904. Places he visited included Hull, Nottingham, Sheffield, Burton-upon-Trent, Lancaster, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds and Glasgow. As an author I have always found the image of Native Americans and cowboys roaming the streets of Victorian England a fascinating clash of cultures. One of the Family was my first ever published short story, it appeared in Issue 3 of Vintage Script Magazine  — Autumn 2012  and was extremely well received. I hope you enjoy this little story…

Please click on this PDF Link – to read this story One of the Family pdf


Blacksmith's WifeThe Blacksmith’s Wife

Author’s Note: “The Blacksmith’s Wife” was written one sunny afternoon whilst camping in the village of Darsham, Suffolk – it was as if the ghosts of the nearby graveyard were whispering me their secrets. The story was first published in Vintage Script Magazine Summer 2012.

Please click on this PDF Link – to read this story The Blacksmith 2017 pdf


TrollThe Troll Beneath the Bridge

Author’s Note: “The Troll Beneath the Bridge” is a long, short story – well a bit longer than some of mine, as it was written without the word restrictions of magazines. It was inspired by an old barn I cycled past once, by the end of the cycle ride the story had grown in my head. This story has never been published before, so it is a premiere for my readers but I warn you, you might need a tissue near the end – when a story makes the writer misty eyed when she rereads it… you know it is definitely a bit of a weepy 😉

Please click on this PDF Link – to read this story The Troll Beneath the Bridge 2017 pdf

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