Published: 28/05/2016
ISBN: 9781785890277
eISBN: 9781785894145
Format: Paperback/eBook

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RM Green is a former amateur jump jockey, banknote salesman, teacher of English among other things. Living in Colombia with his family, he has traveled to almost ninety countries and his work is often... read more

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Small Lives, Big World
A Collection of Short Stories From Near and Far
by R. M. Green

The two men sat across the small waiting area studiously avoiding looking at each other directly but stealing glances every now and then, weighing each other up, judging each other, resenting each other, despising each other. A year ago, maybe more, they might have struck up a conversation, found mutual ground, solidarity in adversity and empathy. But now, like prize-fighters waiting for the bell for the last round, they were too wary, too exhausted, with too much at stake for friendship...

From Canada to Devizes, from Central America to Paris, this collection of short stories features extraordinary episodes in the lives of ordinary people; from an Ottawa suburban housewife to a middle-aged art teacher; from a Chinese shopkeeper to a 6 year old train traveller; from a Private in the World War 1 trenches to a girl with an unusually named cat.

The tragedies and despair, the triumphs and joys of everyday life affect men, women and children all over the world. What unites us across languages and cultures, oceans and borders, are our tears and laughter, fears and dreams, and, above all, love and the hope for a new day.

Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, whether set in a tropical backwater, a factory office, the Palais Royal or on the Edinburgh Express, these stories invite you to travel along with the characters and share their lives for just a little while. No matter your destination, be sure to enjoy the journey.

Small Lives, Big World is a quirky and inventive collection that will particularly appeal to well-travelled readers and those with an interest in different cultures.

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Now available to buy as a paperback and and e-book. I hope it is as much fun to read as it was to write.

An excerpt from my work in progress, The King of the Street is now available on my website.

Check out Alex Frankel's wonderful guitar playing as her reads the story "A Good Teacup" from Small Lives, Big World

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If you can't afford a round-the-world trip, then reading these stories might just be the next best thing! Colourful and varied tales, which dart between continents and cultures with breathtaking speed. The cast of characters is enormously diverse and each protagonist is richly and realistically drawn. The stories are sprinkled with an acerbic wit, but ultimately this author is sympathetic and optimistic about the ability of human beings, from all social classes and walks of life, to get along. For this reason these stories are as uplifting as they are captivating.

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