Fiction Sneak Peek: January 8, 2022 Issue

January 8 2022 issue

The January 8, 2022 issue of the “Friend” is on sale this Wednesday.

Let’s look at the stories and serials inside.

Our Opening story this week is “More Than Memories”, by Alison Wassell. A well-intentioned daughter sees her mum’s memorabilia as just “clutter” – but during a clear-out, it transpires something precious is missing . . . With artwork by Pat Gregory.

In Val Bonsall’s “Meeting In The Middle”, work is so busy that colleagues Rob and Cassie just have to put any differences aside! Illustrated by Ruth Blair.

Disagreement over new street names is causing consternation in “Road To Nowhere”, by Alison Carter. With a Shutterstock illustration.

It’s International Shortbread Day on January 6. In “The Secret Ingredient”, by Annie Harris, there’s a reason why Gran’s shortbread recipe is the best…set in 1970, it has a Shutterstock illustration.

Jethro has to determine just who is telling the truth in “Round In Circles” by Richard Bonsall. With artwork from Martin Baines.

Guidance is found in the pages of a book, in “Wise Words” by Janet Mountford. Artwork by Jim Dewar.

In “Just A Minute” by Eirin Thompson, Louise is late for everything. And it’s driving her husband mad! With a Shutterstock image.


A brand new serial begins this week – “Follow My Lead”, by Beth Watson. Danielle and Lydia lead very different lives, but fate has brought them together . . . brightly illustrated by Kirk Houston (above).

A suspected attacker is on the loose, so it’s no time to be out on the dunes, alone . . . Part Four of “Danger At Smuggler’s Rest” by Kitty-Lydia Dye has artwork by Helen Welsh.


In Eirin Thompson’s “Read All About It”, Carrie determines not to help a direct competitor – no matter how handsome he is!

And there’s a dilemma for Susan, in Glenda Young’s “Riverside” – what to name the new baby.

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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!