Fiction Sneak Peek: August 28, 2021 Issue

August 28 2021 issue

Welcome to our preview of the super stories and serials in our August 28, 2021 issue of “The People’s Friend”.

Short stories

Maureen and Jean book a second summer break – in a haunted hotel! “In High Spirits”, by Eirin Thompson, is illustrated by Ruth Blair.

Charlotte’s quiet farm life in the 1800s will be remembered throughout the years. “The China Dairymaid”, by Annie Harris, has a Shutterstock illustration.

Lily and her toddler go to Disneyland with Lily’s new partner, Darren. Is it all a test? Find out in Alison Carter’s “Stepping Up”, with artwork by Sarah Holliday.

When a quiet uncle reveals his first love broke his heart, a strange coincidence takes place. Val Bonsall’s poignant “A Picture Of The Past”, is illustrated by Sailesh Thakrar.

Kate’s lighthouse seems to cast it’s own wonderful magic over its visitors, in “Lighting The Way”, by Jane Ayres. With a stunning image from the Shutterstock picture library.

Charles is sure talented pianist, Miss Stone, is hiding something, in “Secrets In Song”. Set in 1910, Sarah Swatridge’s intriguing short story has a super period illustration by Mandy Dixon (above).

Searching for a loved little dog is a reminder of what’s most important in life. “Finding Dougal”, by Meg Stokes, has a sweet Shutterstock illustration.


In Part Two of “In A Class Of Their Own”, has Sophia made a big mistake by visiting Lucinda Grant? Our eight-part serial by Anne Stenhouse is illustrated by Gerard Fay.

It’s the final episode of Moira Gee’s “The Ties That Bind”, and things are finally looking up. Kirk Houston’s bright illustrations have accompanied this serial throughout. A new series starts next week.


In Stefania Hartley’s “Tales From The Parish”, it’s the August Bank Holiday in Moreton-on-the-Edge, and that can mean only one thing – the Wacky Race!

And in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”, Hunky Henry is ready to entertain Anna and her “hens” . . .

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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!