Saturday, 1 April 2017
Caught in the Act
Unlike some short story authors who always seem unable to resist the urge to cram a whole novel's worth of ideas into the very restricted space of a short story and end up rather like Uncle Ivo's overstuffed leather chair. (If you want to find out about Uncle Ivo's chair, you can do so in one of the 26 short stories contained in this anthology.)
We read of the sea cruise that never was or probably never would be, of cups with cracked glazes, the problems of concentration when you didn't want to, of sea fishing, of dances and of school days and of murder in the vicarage which, the author points out, is based on a real event.
There are stories of lost ideals, of broken promises, of remembered past experiences and of those who are lonely and those who are alone, which is not always the same thing.
It is a thoughtful book and a truthful book and there is much to commend the work of the author, David Spiller.
The stories are well-written with a clear and concise tone and with beautiful phrasing and colours.
The book is published by the Book Guild at £7.99 and is heartily recommended to all lovers of the genre of short stories.
You can purchase it here at the Thats Books bookshop https://goo.gl/Ltov34.