Fiction Sneak Peek: March 6, 2021 Issue

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Welcome to our weekly sneak peek at the stories and serials in our latest issue, on sale this Wednesday, March 3.

In our opening story, Sophie and her neighbour, John, don’t seen eye to eye – until there’s no choice but to pull together! Vanda Inman’s “Mending Fences” is illustrated by André Leonard.

A little girl comes to the UK in the wake of the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 in our touching second story. “A Gift For Miss Partridge”, by Penny Alexander, has a sweet illustration (above) by Sarah Holliday.

Bored with her “round and round” life, Adele finds that life blossoms when she steps out of her comfort zone. Eirin Thompson’s thoughtful short story, “Rinse And Repeat” has an illustration from the Shutterstock picture library.

Carly’s husband of 43 years has left for someone young enough to be his daughter, and now Carly’s lost her wedding ring on the beach. What else can go wrong? Something is lost and something is found in Meg Stokes’ moving story, “Begin Afresh”. Illustrated by Shutterstock.

Travis has travelled the world. Is it true that there really is no place like home? Find out in Teresa Ashby’s “Adventure Of A Lifetime”, warmly illustrated by Mark Viney.

For country singer Jenna-May, it’s just one interview – what can possibly go wrong? Find out in “Keeping Up Appearances” by Alison Carter, brightly illustrated by Kirk Houston.

In our final story, Marcus likes co-worker, Anna, but she seems disinterested. Find out the reason she’s giving him the cold shoulder in Clare Claremont’s “The Silent Treatment”. Illustration by Shutterstock.


In Part Two of “All Change At The Cosy Café”, Yvonne fears that being too busy caused her to miss the signs of Bryn’s ill health . . . Beth Watson has written this brand new serial for the “Friend”. With cheerful illustrations by Sailesh Thakrar.

Rose has shocking news. Will it be enough to convince Henry to change his plans about returning to England? Find out in Part Three of Sandy Salisbury’s “The Call Of The Prairie”. Superbly illustrated by Gerard Fay.


It’s always good when a plan comes together, as we discover in this week’s “Paw And Order”, by Della Galton.

But in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”, something is troubling Susan . . .

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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 150 years of 'Friend' fiction!