Troubador Holiday Shorts

Released: 28/08/2020

ISBN: 9781838594039

eISBN: 9781838595913

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Holiday Shorts

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Introducing Holiday Shorts, a compilation of bite-sized stories with a far wider scope than a typical short story collection! Quick to read, packed with wit and wry observations, but often set against a background which leaves plenty to think about, these stories cover it all from love and loss, history and sci-fi, wars and terrorism to family and contemporary social issues. 

Some of them are based in London where the author grew up and a number are inspired by Sussex where he now lives. They range across time from the medieval to the apocalypse, across the Earth and into the far galaxies, but all feature characters that a reader can relate to.

Perfect for the busy reader.

Holiday shorts was published as an eBook on Amazon on 2nd June 2020.

Mary Vernon; Book reviewer-The Australian; Books Editor-Townsville Bulletin; On the judging panel for the Colin Roderick prize for Australian literature, says:
'In this busy age, it is often difficult to find enough time to indulge in a good read. Garf Collins has produced the perfect answer to this problem with his new collection of vignettes 'Holiday Shorts.' By turn, funny, tragic, dramatic, insightful, there is something to please everyone here. And, best of all, each is self-contained and easy to read. Perfect for travelling, commuting, or just when you need a little distraction from the hurly-burly of modern life. Each one is a perfect gem.'

Dr Juliet Williams CBE former commissioning editor for MacMillan, says;
'Holiday Shorts adds a new and exciting dimension to short story-telling. You really can pick it up and put it down without losing its drama and dynamic, only to return to find an endless library of 'bite-size' cameos and persuasive plots. This masterpiece gives great credence to the art of creative writing and its ability to enable all of us to capture the pain, purpose, passion, and humour of everyday life.'

Jim Foley says;
I was looking for something to distract me from heavy business reading during my limited downtime. Holiday Shorts fulfilled the brief. Love and the quirkiness of human interaction feature throughout this collection of short (sometimes very short) stories and many are amusing. As well as creativity in the story lines the vehicle used for story telling also changes creatively. For instance, one story consists purely of text exchanges between a student and a Professor of English (with an unexpected twist at the end). A very creative, collections of short, eclectic palate cleansers.

Clay Iles says;
Even a short story can be too long. But not these gems by Garfield Collins. A superb book to dip in and out of when you fancy a quick touch of fiction. 'Flash fiction' is the name of the genre. But there's nothing flash about this collection. Fun yet thought-provoking.

Hilary Farmbrough says;
What a wonderful collection of bite-size stories which cover many aspects of the human experience. They are well researched, imaginative, thought-provoking, amusing, sometimes moving and often have unexpected twists.
A great read for moments in life when only a short story will suffice!

Book reviewer-The Australian; Books Editor-Townsville Bulletin; On the judging panel for the Colin Roderick prize for Australian literature.

'In this busy age, it is often difficult to find enough time to indulge in a good read. Garf Collins has produced the perfect answer to this problem with his new collection of vignettes 'Holiday Shorts.' By turn, funny, tragic, dramatic, insightful, there is something to please everyone here. And, best of all, each is self-contained and easy to read. Perfect for travelling, commuting, or just when you need a little distraction from the hurly-burly of modern life. Each one is a perfect gem.'

by Mary Vernon


'I was looking for something to distract me from heavy business reading during my limited downtime. Holiday Shorts fulfilled the brief. Love and the quirkiness of human interaction feature throughout this collection of short (sometimes very short) stories and many are amusing. As well as creativity in the story lines the vehicle used for story telling also changes creatively. For instance, one story consists purely of text exchanges between a student and a Professor of English (with an unexpected twist at the end). A very creative, collections of short, eclectic palate cleansers.'

by Jim Foley


What a wonderful collection of bite-size stories which cover many aspects of the human experience. They are well researched, imaginative, thought-provoking, amusing, sometimes moving and often have unexpected twists.
A great read for moments in life when only a short story will suffice!

by Hilary Farmbrough


'Holiday Shorts adds a new and exciting dimension to short story-telling. You really can pick it up and put it down without losing its drama and dynamic, only to return to find an endless library of 'bite-size' cameos and persuasive plots. This masterpiece gives great credence to the art of creative writing and its ability to enable all of us to capture the pain, purpose, passion, and humour of everyday life.'

by Dr Juliet Williams CBE former commissioning editor for MacMillan


Garfield Collins

Garfield Collins is a Londoner now living in Pevensey Bay (where William the Conqueror landed). A lifetime of experience has included work as a scientist, with information technology and as an entrepreneur helping develop companies from creation to commercial viability. He has also been fortunate in much voluntary involvement in education and charity work and in amateur music and sport. Aside from this, he has a great interest in how we got here - from the big bang through to modern history. He has also travelled extensively for work and pleasure. Swimming in the sea, tennis and walking keep him fit to enjoy time with his growing family.


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