The Shelter Boy

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
‘Mr Abbott? Are you okay?’ My eyes open. A boy is watching me; I’m coughing. ‘Yes, yes. Sorry, David, I’m fine.’ I prise my face from the concrete wall and sit up straight, ‘Must have dozed off for a minute there.’ The boy is staring, his eyes fearful. I smile.…

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Sheila Hancock – A New Debut

Originally posted on My Bellyful:
Even famous people feel intimidated, or so I’m told. Still, it’s hard to picture an Olivier award-winning actress cowering in the corner of a literature festival green room, isn’t it? And yet… The evening began wet and noisy. Rain bounced off the roof of The Times Forum tent at Cheltenham’s…

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Bang, Bang (Part 2)

Steady gunfire surrounded him. Ben pushed on through the mounting mud unnerved, his hands wrapped tightly around the solid weight of his weapon. As he drew level with his comrades, he noted their tired stance, the varying expressions of trepidation on their weary faces. He was like them, an uncertain advocate, a body of fear. […]

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Bang, Bang (Part 1)

Erratic gunfire surrounded him. Jamie pushed on through the dense grass unperturbed, his hands wrapped tightly around the solid weight of his weapon. As he drew level with his comrades, he marvelled at their rigid stance, at the unwavering expressions of belligerence on their cold faces. He wanted to be like them, a dogged power, […]

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The Ins and Outs of the United States, Part 1

Okay, now I know I said originally that I would post my great-grandmother’s second letter later on in the year, but it makes for a very interesting read and I’ve been dying to share it with you. So here it is. Original paperwork suggests that the main events of this letter took place between 1924-1926. […]

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The Shelter Boy

‘Mr Abbott? Are you okay?’ My eyes open. A boy is watching me; I’m coughing. ‘Yes, yes. Sorry, David, I’m fine.’ I prise my face from the concrete wall and sit up straight, ‘Must have dozed off for a minute there.’ The boy is staring, his eyes fearful. I smile. ‘I’ve told you a million […]

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