Short Stories of Love, Sharks and a Strange Restaurant

Short stories about love, family, sharks and gangsters to get you through your day… and night.

This collection of ten short stories contains everything you could want from blind love to a distinctly flavoured restaurant ‘review’, and many points in between.

Crosschester’s Souls

Not everything makes it into the second, third or fourth draft, let alone the finished novel. Here's a section I removed because it over-explained and...

How to deal with a nosey parker 101

In this short extract from  The Water Meadow Man, Sister He’l – an officious person with a particularly nasty view of the NHS – tries to get dear old Martin Lunsford to fill out yet another intrusive form. Fortunately for us all, there is a gatekeeper at the door of Oak Cottage to lend a hand. Read on…

Outside the Phoenix

Lunsford has been taken to The Phoenix pub where he discovers more about Mr Sarson-Taylor whose family appears to own everything in sight. He's never...

What the book is about.

Lunsford, the novel about hope, is set in England in the mid-1970s. It tells the story of Martin Lunsford as he moves through grief. This...

A Kiss

Lunsford is at home with his memories of his wife Chloé. He has been forced by circumstances beyond his control to face up to the...

The Phoenix Inn

A shaken, bewildered Lunsford is taken to a pub he's never heard of in the village where he'd always lived. A man called Thomas Sarson-Taylor...

The Pike and the Pool

The main character in the book, Martin Lunsford, is grieving. He is numb as he returns from hospital in Crosschester to Oak Cottage, the home he shared with his wife Chloé. But life refuses to leave him alone.

The Green Man

In the novel, 1978's Crosschester has more pubs per square foot than a porcupine has quills, or at least it feels that way. One pub...
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