Fiction Sneak Peek: February 11, 2023 Issue

Welcome to our weekly whizz through the stories in our latest issue.

Short Stories

Our opener this week is “Back To Basics”, by Teresa Ashby. Kate wins a weekend glamping, but can her family be persuaded to enjoy it? Artwork from Mandy Dixon.

A marriage proposal has been slipped into a book, just in time for St Valentine’s Day. “Ask The Right Question”, by Liz Filleul, is illustrated by Sarah Holliday.

Rhona’s granddaughter, Evie, never tires of hearing one football story, in “Fever Pitch”, by Becca Robin.

Two childhood friends wonder why February 14th is only about romance, in “Be My Valentine”, by Nicola Martin. Artwork from Ruth Blair (above).

We’re in the 1970s for our next story – “Read Between The Lines”, by Alison Wassell. Barbara couldn’t fall for a man who didn’t love books…artwork, Jim Dewar.

Clearing out the house is the start of a new chapter, in “Everything Must Go”, by Linda Lewis. Illustrated by Martin Baines.

One restaurant holds special Valentine’s memories, in “It’s A Date!, by Alyson Hilbourne. Artwork, Manon Gandiolle.


A new seven-part serial begins today – “The Sapphire Peacock”, by Deborah Siepmann. Set in 1850, it’s the story of Anya – who knows she must act quickly, if she’s to change her fate. Stunning artwork throughout by Helen Welsh.

In Part Two of Beth Watson’s “Friends And Neighbours”, having Ben living so close is the last thing Caitlin needs right now. Artwork from Ged Fay.


In Part Four of “Welcome To Quayside”, by Stefania Hartley, Tanya considers inviting the Dalamos over in return…

…while in “Riverside”, by Glenda Young, Ruby has developed a bit of a crush on the new chef!

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!