Fiction Sneak Peek: August 27, 2022 Issue

Hello, and welcome to our weekly look at the fiction in our latest issue.

This week’s opening story is Liz Filleul’s “Taken For A Ride”. When a trainee reporter is asked to review a new rollercoaster, there’s just one problem- she’s terrified of heights! Set in the 1980s, it’s illustrated by Mandy Dixon.

Stefania Hartley’s “Fishful Thinking” is next. Doctor’s daughter, Rosetta, likes fishmonger, Turi, but will her parents ever feel he’s good enough for her? Artwork from Kirk Houston (above).

A night-time rescue changes everything, in Gabrielle Mullarkey’s “The Mountain Between Us”. Artwork from Shutterstock.

Living in a family full of girls has its advantages – and disadvantages! “Outnumbered”, by Teresa Ashby, is illustrated by Manon Gandiolle.

Grace and Nick have something in common – their partners have broken up with them… Find out what happens when they compare notes, in “All For The Best”, by Beth Watson. Artwork by Martin Baines.

Friendship means being there “Every Step Of The Way”, in Eirin Thompson’s short story…

…whilst in “Let’s Hear It For The Bees”, one woman wants to do her bit to help the little creatures. By Anna Hamblin.


A brand-new serial begins today – “This Place We Call Home”, by Rebecca Holmes. The Lakes are known for peace and calm, but Mia feels certain there are storms on the horizon…With artwork by Ruth Blair.

In Part Six of “The Apothecary’s Apprentice”, the outcome of Thomas’s hearing is not what anyone had expected. Written by Pamela Kavanagh, our eight-part serial is illustrated by David Young.


A storm threatens to scupper Chloe and Alice’s plans, in “Wedding Designs” by Jan Snook…

…whilst over in Glenda Young’s “Riverside”, how could George have forgotten such a special occasion?

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!