Fiction Sneak Peek: April 8, 2023 Issue

Hello, and welcome to the stories in our Easter issue – on sale Wednesday, April 5.

Short Stories

Our opening story this issue is “An Acquired Taste”, by Karen Houseman. New neighbours help each other out – but do their differences preclude anything other than friendship? With an illustration by Kirk Houston.

Giuliana’s pasticceria is inundated with special Easter orders, in Stefania Hartley’s “Sweet Surprises”. With artwork from Manon Gandiolle.

Nancy can’t forget the first time she met her future son-in-law. “We Are Family” is written by Julie Goodall.

After Lizzie’s daughter’s time spent studying in Paris, can they remain close? “A Degree Of Difference” is written by Lydia Jones.

Izzy dreams of marrying “The Boy Next Door”, in Teresa Ashby’s short story. With an illustration by Helen Welsh.

Maureen and Jean can’t believe how expensive Easter eggs are now! “Supermarket Sweep”, by Eirin Thompson, features artwork from Ruth Blair (above).

Our final story of this issue is “By All Accounts”, set in 1963. Can kind-hearted Gareth ever compete against Cliff Richard, for Annie’s affections? Written by Moira Smyth, with artwork from Sarah Holliday.


In Part Two of “The Winds Of Fortune”, Miss Violet’s indulgent behaviour is starting to become a worry for Norah. By Katie Ashmore, with illustrations throughout by David Young.

It’s the final instalment of “When One Door Closes”, by Anne Pack – and the future’s looking bright for Katie and her family. Artwork, Ruth Blair.

Look out for a brand-new serial beginning next week – “The House On The Shore”, by Lydia Jones.


Can a shiny idea help get management on-side? Find out in Stefania Hartley’s “Welcome To Quayside”…

…whilst over on “Riverside”, the charity fund-raiser is off to a busy start. By Glenda Young.


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!