Fiction Sneak Peek: April 18, 2020 Issue

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We start this week with “Across The Globe”, by Alison Carter. Valda discovers that the globe her beloved grandfather ordered before he passed away isn’t all that it should be. She travels across the globe to right the wrong . . . With a lovely 50s-style illustration by Sailesh Thakrar

Our next story is “Swimming Homewards”, by Gabrielle Mullarkey. When young widow Kelly gets home from work, she’s thinking about getting tea ready. But an empty goldfish bowl gives her cause for concern . . .

In “Hazlewood Junction” by Liz Goulds, Reg has built a model railway with real meaning. This lovely short story is beautifully illustrated by Tracy Fennell (above).

It’s a wartime story next. “The Spy In The Kitchen”, by our Writer Of The Week, Enid Reece. Who is the mysterious Mr Baxter? 10-year-old Charlie is determined to find out. Accompanied by a super illustration from Ruth Blair.

In “The Heart Of Sweden”, by Wendy Janes, Ella is on her way to her brother’s wedding. He’s caused the family nothing but grief for years. Has he changed? With a striking illustration by Kirk Houston.

Gabby and her developer boss, Richard, are trying to relocate a long-term resident from her existing flat. Find out how they get on in “Moving Miss Blanchard”, by Alison Carter. With a lovely springtime illustration by Jim Dewar.

A stay-at-home dad is at the end of his tether in “Barney’s Baby Blues”, by Nicola Martin. Sarah Holliday’s fun illustration completes the story round-up this week.


In Jessma Carter’s “Living It Up”, Rachel has news to share with Flora. But where is Flora?

And in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”, Jim and George still aren’t talking. But Ruby has a plan to mend the friendship . . .


In Part Four of “Birds Of A Feather”, by Paula Williams, Jess has revealed her identity to Frank. How will he react?

It’s Part Six of “The Tanner’s Daughter”, and although a woman at the door is unknown to Jane, her heart is filled with foreboding…Find out more in our 16th-Century serial by Pamela Kavanagh.

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Lucy Crichton

Fiction Editor Lucy is always on the look-out for the very best short stories, poems and pocket novels. As well as sourcing enjoyable content, she enjoys working with our established contributors, encouraging new talent, and celebrating 155 years of 'Friend' fiction!