Fiction Sneak Peek: August 19, 2023 Issue

Join us for a quick flick through the fiction in our latest issue – on sale Wednesday, 16 August.

Short Stories

Our opening story this issue is “Bethany’s Bouquet”, by Charmaine Fletcher. After a disaster at the florist, can anyone save the day… and the wedding flowers? Set in 1988, with artwork by Andre Leonard.

Mary Hudson’s “Cart Before The Horse” is next. Lydia’s enjoying volunteering at a rural museum, but profitability is giving everyone cause for alarm. Where does a horse named Cornflake come in?  Illustration by Karen Milne.

There’s “No Time Like The Present” in our next story, where retirement is opening up a world of opportunity. By Moira Smyth. Artwork, Karen Milne.

In Katie Ashmore’s “Holiday Of A Lifetime”, a mum worries that teenage children won’t cherish family holidays together now they’ve started growing up…

…and in Teresa Ashby’s “Leap Of Faith”, making friends with Maisie has changed Rebecca’s life forever. Artwork by Karen Milne.

“Coming Up Roses” is by Donna A. Hughes, and one couple reflect on a lively little lad who lived next door! Artwork, Pat Gregory (above).

Our final story this issue is Amanda Quinn’s “The Mystery Of Acacia Street” – where one young woman is intrigued by the life story of her new home’s previous owner. Artwork from Philip Crabb.


In Part Three, of “Sabotage At The Big Top”, Emily and Fife are wondering what the future holds. By Kitty-Lydia Dye, with artwork from David Young.

Sarah’s delighted to be making new friends, in Part Four of “Footsteps In Ashbridge” – but could there be something more, with Duncan? By Kate Blackadder. Artwork, Ruth Blair.


Our new series begins today – “The Show’s The Thing” is by Lydia Jones – and it’s a fresh start for Tash…

… whilst over on Glenda Young’s “Riverside”, has George gone too far in his efforts to help Susan?

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!