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Intriguing, shocking, moving and sometimes humorous, this collection of short stories is a real gem. Each 10 - 15 page story is an intense blend, each with its own emotional flavour and amazingly, for their short length, full of twists and surprises. Perfect for when you only have 10 minutes reading time to spare.
A young woman's life is turned upside down as she prepares to confront her deepest fears. A group of friends is called together to hear a clergyman's shocking revelation. A little girl tries to make amends, in the only way she knows how. A down-and-out variety performer remembers his dearest companion. A tumultuous love affair is given an unusual new perspective. A mother tries to mend a damaged relationship with her son, but he's changed beyond recognition. Regular London walks evoke past times and events for a veteran and his friend. In these short stories by Carolyn Pertwee - tales of love, betrayal, death, family turmoil, sexual misdemeanours, friendship, sadness, pathos and even murder - a twist and a turn are never far away. Often compared to Roald Dahl's stories this collection of tales is sometimes moving, frequently humorous, always entertaining and guaranteed to keep you intrigued.
'Feeling the Fear is as wonderful as any Roald Dahl short story book. I enjoyed it immensely.' Gary Wilmot
'This great collection of short stories puts me in mind of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads - little vignettes from middle-class suburbia, each with a delicious and unexpected twist in the tale, sometimes utterly wonderful, at other times desperately tragic. I found myself moved on many occasions and definitely intrigued throughout. Carolyn gives a completely fresh perspective to old themes of love, infidelity and betrayal. But I think her best portraits by far are those of mothers - she seems to be able to describe feelings, loyalties and wishes most of us just have an instinct for. In Orphan Annie, Changing Faces and The Beautiful Couple she explores the meaning and truths of motherhood, all from very different angles. In fact Changing Faces was my favourite of all her stories - a gentle horror story unfolding in slow motion. Above all, I think Carolyn has a great love and warmth for the diversity of the human condition. Her humour, ebullience and sheer delight in the wonders of what we get up to really come across and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.' Katy Weitz on Amazon - 5 stars
'I read this book of short stories almost at a sitting, as I simply couldn't put it down! Each story is totally different from the others. Some are very funny, a few are heart-breakingly moving and some involve mystery, murder and sex... I cannot wait for Carolyn Pertwee's next selection of tales. Her story 'Yesterday's Child is one of my favourites and suggests she may now write a full-length novel, to which I look forward to reading immensely. Clive Evans on Amazon - 5 stars
'This collection of short stories is an absolute gem. I bought it after listening to the author read one of the stories at my local library. It hooked me instantly. I am not normally a fan of short stories,prefering novels in which I can immerse myself in another world but the wonderful thing about these tales is that they are so vibrantly written that the characters spring instantly to life and linger in the mind long after one has finished reading.An entrancing collection. I hope Miss Pertwee produces many more.' Geraldine on Amazon - 5 stars
Publication date: 29/02/2012
Publisher: Alliance Publishing Press
|Publication date:||29th February 2012|
|Publisher:||Alliance Publishing Press|
|Genres:||Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories, Shorter Reads,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,|
Born into the Pertwee dynasty, Carolyn soon displayed the family talent for acting and writing. Graduating with honours from RADA, Carolyn joined The Old Vic Company on its world tour and enjoyed her first big break playing opposite Vivien Leigh in Duel of Angels. Then followed a successful stint in television appearing in many dramas including Compact, a TV soap in which she played a suicidal kleptomaniac. Carolyn married Coeks Gordon and together they had two daughters. Putting her acting career on hold to concentrate on family, Carolyn turned to writing with a commission from Warner Sisters for her sitcom ...More About Carolyn Pertwee