Short stories are, in my mind, just a brief snapshot of what could be a longer tale. A taster. Something in development. Fragments.
Each of these collected shorts are just that. Saying something different in each one and writing each one, was a bit like trying to paint the pictures accordingly. Each story has a different personality and so they each a need little bit of something here, a little bit of that there, just like people, Some people you can't walk up to because you know they're a bit edgy first thing in the morning. So you have to come up sideways to them, and it's kind of like how these stories are too. They have their own little personalities, and if it doesn't want you to do it, it won't let you.
Asked what each piece is about, I attempted to cooperate, but in truth I want those reading, who chooses to, to find their own landscape or indeed none. But I have suggestions.
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To be released 1 November 2021.
'I'm not like the other boys that you've known
But I believe I'm worth coming home to
Kiss away the night, because this one sleeps only with the butterflies
So go on and just fly'
A key you will probably say, but from where you are no doubt thinking. From your little brother that is who. It is the key to my house which I am giving to you. No strings. Come and spend some years of delight here. But just one thing. Don’t come looking for me because you’ll never find me. I’m not about any longer or I won’t be by the time this parcel reaches you.'
Marc’s life is complicated enough. A writer and a father of two, he is about to start divorce proceedings when a cryptic letter, together with a key, arrives from his estranged younger brother Luca. A house in a remote French village can be his, with three years’ rent paid in advance. Marc accepts the challenge. Gradually he begins to unravel the complexities of his brother’s strange life and to discover things that, even as a writer, he could never have remotely imagined. He rapidly becomes embedded in the fabric of rural France, learning that rumours travel quickly, and that connections and secrets are paramount. He eventually finds the remarkable little house, but as he delves deeper and deeper into his brother's strange life, Marc discovers things that will make him wish he stayed at home.
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Part 1 Sleeps with Butterflies arrives 4 April 2022.
Part 2 The Living Return arrives 24 October 2022.
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