Troubador Bugs in Amber

Released: 28/01/2016

ISBN: 9781784625436

Format: Paperback

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Bugs in Amber

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Bugs in Amber is an eclectic and entertaining collection of short stories. Varied in style, the settings range from a Victorian workhouse to post-war Yorkshire, from pre-war Transylvania to present-day Prague. The protagonists are equally as diverse, featuring a newborn baby, a young Roma girl, a German prisoner of war, a dead English king and a spiteful pit-pony called “Buster”. Whimsical, sad and funny, often all at the same time, this collection is intended to celebrate humanity in all its forms. Bugs in Amber will appeal to those wishing to ­­laugh, cry and reflect on their own lives.

Don Rhodes “Bugs in Amber-a Collection of Short Stories”
Thursday, 30th June, 18:30 -19:30
York Explore Library & Archive
Tickets £3 (£2 with a York Card) can be bought online at www.feelinginspired.com

Don will speak about and read from his entertaining collection of short stories, Bugs in Amber. The settings range from a Victorian workhouse to post-war Yorkshire, from pre-war Transylvania to present-day Prague. The protagonists are also diverse, featuring a newborn baby, a Roma girl, a German prisoner of war, a dead English king and a spiteful pit-pony.

The opening and closing stories are set in York, one describing an alternative outcome to the recent battle between York and Leicester over the reburial of Richard III, the other exploring the impact of folk memory on an important decision by a 94 year old York resident.

READERS’ PRAISE FOR THESE STORIES:
“Best for me was The Secret Burial for its topicality, humour and sheer exuberant use of our beautiful English language.”

“Brief Encounters gave me a fascinating insight into life on the other side of the begging bowl.”

“The Funeral Director was a passionate story....Realistically chilling.”
Whimsical, sad and funny, often all at the same time, this collection will appeal to those interested in people and the strange and marvellous things they get up to.

Howdenshire Living

A bedside book to dip into time and time again. What a collection of varied and unusual stories. Entertaining and factual, based on the author's sharp intellect, Yorkshire wisdom and uncanny observational talent. Short stories to read and re-read.

by Cornish Rover


A fascinating book-a must read. An eclectic and fascinating collection of easy-to-read stories. The author is obviously a keen observer of human nature, both good and bad with a great talent for storytelling. I hope this is the first of many books from Mr Rhodes.

by Janet Lockwood


I thoroughly enjoyed reading each of these short stories. Don Rhodes has an incredible ability to imagine leading a life wearing so many different pairs of shoes - including those of a corpse in a coffin! It's lovely to read local references and, if you're anything like me, his playful literary style will leave you curious: What elements of truth do these stories contain? If only I could have a coffee with the author himself, I could ask him!

by Ellie in Malaysia


Don Rhodes

Don Rhodes was born and raised in South Yorkshire. He studied English at Lancaster University and then taught English and communication skills in business in Germany. He subsequently worked in community care and the NHS. He now devotes his time to reading and writing fiction. He has had several stories published in magazines. This is his first book. He lives in East Yorkshire with his wife and a crazy Labrador.

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