Fiction Sneak Peek: January 29, 2022 Issue

January 29 2022 issue

Hello and welcome! Let’s look at what’s in our January 29, 2022 issue, on sale this week.

Short stories

We go back to the 1970s for our opening story this week — “Count Your Blessings”, by Karla Smith. One young girl knows family can be embarrassing — but she wouldn’t change them for the world. With artwork by Ged Fay.

After a difficult two years, lockdown blues start to fade in “Ray Of Light”, by Katie Ashmore. Illustration by Jim Dewar.

One woman is on a mission to declutter, in “Room For More”, by Helen Yendall. But can she let everything go? Illustration by Shutterstock.

Ezra’s history project needs to be outstanding. He finds the perfect subjects close to home, in “Story Of Our Lives”, by Eirin Thompson. Illustrated by Shutterstock.

Two old but estranged friends need to come together to make a decision, in “Feeling Cornered”, by Alison Carter. Artwork by Ruth Blair.

Widowed Nathan is roped in to help at his daughter’s school fete. But at the mention of her teacher, he gets cold feet. “Tempting Fete”, by Margaret Skipworth, is illustrated by Pat Gregory.

A dancer reflects on her life in “Strictly Ballroom”, by Linda Lewis. With a Shutterstock illustration (above).


It’s Part two of “Return To Rosecot”. Will Phoebe and Alban’s mutual concern over young William give them a chance to grow closer? By Penny Alexander, our serial has illustrations by Philip Crabb.

In Part Four of “Follow My Lead”, Lydia’s not sure if her meeting with Basil is a date – and Danielle is facing the same dilemma with Stu. By Beth Watson, with illustrations throughout by Kirk Houston.


Carrie decides that adversity is all about how you meet it, in Eirin Thompson’s “Read All About It”.

And Mike has a proposition for Sarah and Dave in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”.

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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!