Dead Letters by Caroline Gonda

The reading room is state of the art, climate-controlled to keep the rare books, manuscripts and prints in their best condition. Outside, it’s too hot for even a light jacket. In here, I wear a sweater, pull my shawl tighter around my shoulders. Precious things, fragile things. There are foam rests to put the books …

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The Dig Street Festival by Chris Walsh

It’s 2006 in the fictional East London borough of Leytonstow. The UK’s pub smoking ban is about to happen, and thirty-eight-and-a-half year old John Torrington, a mopper and trolley collector at his local DIY store, is secretly in love with the stylish, beautiful, and middle-class barmaid Lois. John and his hapless, strange, and down-on-their-luck friends, …

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Rag by Mehreen Ahmed

Being gracefully checkmated wasn’t my father’s forte, just as consistency, wasn’t mine. I watched my parents play chess every day with a tad of scepticism, wondering if they really enjoyed playing the same game. My mother could win hands down. My father lost every time. He scowled and pressed his lips. He was a bad loser. …

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Misconception by N.K. Woods

The examination table was uncomfortable but Hannah didn’t care. In fact, she half hoped the doctor would be called away, not for an emergency – she wouldn’t wish a life-changing event on anyone – but to deal with a minor mishap. While he played hero, she’d be more than happy to nap. But there was …

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