Published: 29/04/2016
ISBN: 9781788035439
eISBN: 9780993539602
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As well as being the author of award-winning short stories - some of which appear together for the first time in his collection from Postilion Press, A Spell in Winter - Jonathan Dodds has also writte... read more

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A Spell in Winter
by Jonathan Dodds

The short stories in this assured first collection range in place and time: from a young man's uncertain return to the rural world of his childhood at the end of the First World War (In the Merry Month of May), to a contemporary London pub meeting about the recovery of a debt (Getting It Sorted); from the world of knocker-boys and antiques runners in eighties Brighton (The Bibliophiles), to a Scottish farmer's romantic decision during a day's hedging (The Hechle).

But what they have in common is the same assured mastery of language and of ordinary speech, and the same powerful evocation of place and time. These are stories about sudden moments of change in ordinary people's lives; moments of hope and struggle and transformation. They are also narratives which deftly explore the hidden intricacies of the human heart: tales of unconventional love and illicit love, tales of uxorious love and infidelity, of love triangles and of long-lost love. The stories gathered here share a common sensibility, too: one which seeks to uncover the profound within the minutiae of everyday life and work, and which reveals with insight and compassion the tightrope we all walk between the debilitating threat of loss and the hope which sustains us...

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Jonathan's first collection of short stories is published this month...

Critical responses ahead of publication have been overwhelmingly positive:

“Fantastically heady stuff - provocative and confrontational – utterly compelling.”
(Jeremy Sheldon, The Literary Consultancy, The Bibliophiles)

“Beautifully written.”
(Joanne Reardon, BBC Radio Drama, on Second Wind)

“A superb depiction of rural life and relationships, with an astonishing sense of place.”
(Joanne Harris, author, about A Spell in Winter)

“A fine, moving story.”
(Joy Hendry, Editor Chapman magazine, about The First Touch)

“What an eye for landscape, and for the day-to-day minutiae of farming life...”
(Judging Panel, Real Writers Awards).

Ebook: 94 pp ISBN 978-0-935396-0-2
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Publication date: 12th May 2016 (Pre-publication orders from: 30th April)<>

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