Fiction Sneak Peek: May 13, 2023 Issue

Hello, and welcome to a quick peek at the stories in this week’s issue – on sale Wednesday, May 10.

Short Stories

Our opening story this week is Kitty-Lydia Dye’s “Beating The Bounds”. We’re in 1830, and a long-held tradition could claim much more than the boundaries of the village…artwork from Sailesh Thakrar (above).

Maureen and Jean haven’t been to the shops in ages, in “The Saturday Shoppers”. Written by Eirin Thompson, it’s illustrated by Ruth Blair.

With Eurovision just around the corner, Nikki and Rosie can’t decide what to get their parents for their anniversary, in Christine Sutton’s “The Perfect Fit”.

Kath’s granddaughter comes home from school with a new friend, in Helen Yuretich’s “Turning Tables”…

…while a celebrity chef’s assistant must step into the breach, in Lynne Carroll’s “What’s Cooking?”. Artwork, Kirk Houston.

Aunt Pamela starts saying no to her family’s requests for help, and they are thrown into disarray! “Count Me Out!”, by Agnes Carpenter, is illustrated by Ruth Blair.

A move to the countryside affects everyone, in Gwen Rollinson’s “Let’s Talk About Lucy”. Artwork, Helen Welsh.


A new serial begins today – “The Sweet Shop Mystery” is set in 1983 and written by Becca Robin. Just what is Betty’s favourite author doing in sleepy Hoving? Artwork by Mandy Dixon.

In the final instalment of “The House On The Shore”, it’s time for the community to rally round and help Enid. Lydia Jones’ five-part serial has been illustrated throughout by Kirk Houston.

Look out for a new serial starting next week.


The future of the library of things is discussed at a residents’ meeting, in “Welcome to Quayside”, by Stefania Hartley…

…while over on Glenda Young’s “Riverside”, Ruby’s chatterbox ways always get her into hot water!


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!