This is an unusual book of short stories in that it has two authors. It is a small book of ten tales written by Elizabeth Ducie and Sharon Cook. Each story has believable characters that as a reader you care about and they are set in varied settings. Some of the plots lead you to think you know what is going to happen and then there is an unexpected twist to keep you on your toes.
Life is Not a Trifling Affair covers a number of themes, which I won’t reveal here as I don’t want to spoil anyone’s reading. You can obtain the book from Chudleigh Phoenix Publications at www.chudleighphoenix.co.uk or if you like an eBook, it’s available from Amazon for £2.21. The paperback is also available at Amazon for £4.99.
I’d recommend this book to any lover of short stories. You could read the whole book in an evening as when you finish one tale, you want to read the next, or you could savour the book and dip in during your coffee break. The colourful illustration, which is unsurprisingly a trifle, is by Cath Baldwin.
All the stories are good but my favourite two are, ‘Mark Never Came Home’ by Sharon Cook and ‘Dragon Flags’ by Elizabeth Ducie. Why not buy a copy and let me know your favourites.
Chudleigh Phoenix Publications run an annual writing competition. If you are interested go to the website mentioned above