Troubador Appetites

Released: 28/10/2019

ISBN: 9781838591144

eISBN: 9781838596859

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Stories of Love Sex and Death


A solitary woman, her life changed by an afternoon of ‘wanting, wanting, wanting’, becomes obsessed with a writer at his desk by the window below.

A nameless, middle-aged narrator, his sexuality awakened by the manipulative mother of a classmate, looks back to that hot summer in the ‘Garden of Eden’, where young lives were changed and ruined. 

And Lennie-girl’s father, craving the warmth of his birthplace, forsakes his daughter and vulnerable son. 

Three stories from a nineteen-story collection in which themes of love and loss, break up and renewal, pleasures and regrets, weave in and out of the lives of protagonists whose ages range from thirteen to sixty-something. 

Listen to Maggie talking about Appetites: stories of love sex and death, between 9 and 10pm, on the Sophie Little Show, BBC Radio Norfolk, Friday November 1st.

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Maggie Ling

Previously a children's book illustrator, a humorous illustrator and a cartoonist, her work published in books, magazines and newspapers, a collection, One Woman's Eye, published by Virgin Books, Maggie Ling swapped dip pen for iMac to concentrate on words alone. Since then her short stories have been commended by The Bristol Short Story Prize and Words & Women Inaugural Prize, longlisted by Cinnamon Press, Fish Publishing, Ink Tears, the Asham Award and the Cambridge Short Story Prize, shortlisted by Mslexia, for Ikley Literature Festival's Short Story Competition, The Asham Award and the Bridport Prize, and published in Unthology 1 (Unthank Books 2010), Something Was There: the Asham Award-winning ghost story collection (Virago 2011) and Unthology 5 (Unthank Books 2014). Online: Let Her Go was Seren Book's Short Story of the Month ( October 2017), while in May 2019, Fairlight Books published her stories Bird Brains and Running Away (

Leaving London to live for a decade on the Suffolk Coast, she recently moved to Norwich, a UNESCO City of Literature.

Short story writer Maggie Ling

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