Fiction Sneak Peek: November 21, 2020 Issue

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Welcome to a sneak peek at the fiction we have ready for you to enjoy this week!

Our opening story is by H. Johnson-Mack. While attending her godmother’s funeral, Lily receives a cryptic message from a surprisingly absent friend, and her suspicious mind goes into overdrive. Can she solve the riddle? Find out in “Remember November”, with a super 1950s illustration (above) by Jim Dewar.

In Lynda Franklin’s “Spirit Of The Season”, there have been big changes in the toy department of Honiston’s Department Store, and Les has lost his job. But amidst all the changes, something important has been forgotten. Martin Baines has illustrated this story sensitively for us.

“Colour Me Happy” is next. Busy mum, Stacey, has everything she wanted – so why does she feel so lost? Susan Sarapuk’s thoughtful short story is illustrated by Ruth Blair.

With money tight, TV extra Hazel has to rely on her old car, in more ways than one! Find out more in “Bangers And Cash”, by this week’s Writer Of The Week, Maggie Cobbett. With a cheerful illustration by Sailesh Thakrar.

We head to Matilda’s bookshop now for “Stranger Than Fiction” – and there’s another mystery to be solved! Our ‘bookshop’ stories are written especially for the “Friend” by Liz Filleul, and illustrated by Sarah Holliday.

Laura has gone on a skiing holiday with boyfriend, Greg – a man who likes to take charge. Once there, though, it becomes clear that he’s something of a control freak! Our short story is by Jane Ayres.

Our final short story this week is Val Bonsall’s moving “Parts To Play”, and two very different step-sisters must pull together when someone they love becomes ill.


In Della Galton’s “Paw and Order”, could this be the last time Dan and Sheila will see each other?

And in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”, Susan is at her wits’ end . . .


It’s Part Two of Lesley Collison’s festive serial, “The Christmas Swap Shop”. Cheryl’s idea seems to be getting off to a good start…but can that continue? Kirk Houston’s bright illustrations are the perfect complement to our upbeat serial.

In Part Three of Kate Finnemore’s “Bring Him Home”, they’ve found the place where Harry has spent the last two years – but where is Harry himself? Set after the First World War, our super serial has wonderful accompanying artwork by Philip Crabb.

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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!