Happy Christmas – win a copy of Crying Just Like Anybody just by being the first to comment!
Well, it’s that time of year again, the nights are dark, there’s… rain… upon the ground (lots of it) and I’d like to wish everyone reading this a happy Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful time and that 2013 is a good ‘un! Now, seeing as it’s Christmas and I’ve just finished reading it, here’s my little review of The Fiction Desk’s latest publication, ‘Crying Just Like Anybody’ – and your chance to win a free iTunes copy.
‘Crying Just Like Anybody’ is the fourth volume anthology from The Fiction Desk.
It starts off with the customary introduction from editor Rob Redman. His introduction in this volume deals with what it actually means to be an editor and publisher and how personal that process is (or isn’t) these days. This is a subject very close to home for me with my recent forays into self-publishing, and The Fiction Desk’s very personal relationship with their publications makes me even more glad to be a part of this anthology.
You can easily see the care that goes into each of these volumes. ‘Crying Just Like Anybody’ has a beautifully crafted and shot cover image that matches the entirely-of-words-and-paper covers of previous volumes, as explained in the introduction to volume three ‘The Maginot Line’. It’s fun to spot the themes that run throughout each volume (as explained in the introduction to volume two ‘All These Little Worlds’). The ones I spotted in the current volume were a sense of being foreign and not quite belonging, and of children behaving in ways that adults find hard to understand.
Writing a review is difficult without giving too much away, so I’ll try to be enticing without spoilering too much! The title story is a tale set very convincingly in Depression-era America and explores themes of belonging – or not belonging – in a foreign country, as does the totally different narrative of ‘Carolina Carioca’ and the protagonist of ‘I’m the One’ learns languages at work whilst they do the important job of doing nothing. ‘Just Kids’, ‘Can We Have You All Sitting Down, Please?’ and my story ‘Phantoms’ touch on the gap between children and adults, and how intimidating children can be. ‘Tripe Soup and Spanish Wine’ and ‘Across the Kinderhook’ show very different families and friends coping with loved ones whose behaviour they don’t understand. ‘Wonders of the Universe’ and ‘Me Robot’ show struggling marriages, both with a gentle comic touch, but I’ll leave you to guess which one has the happier ending.
Again, the quality of the writing in this volume is consistently high and there isn’t a dud story amongst them. If you’d like to read ‘Crying Just Like Anybody’ for yourself, copies are available from:
and to order from any bookshop in the UK. Digital editions are available from Amazon for Kindle, from iTunes, through Kobo, WH Smith, etc.
Or, if you have an iPad or iPhone then be the first to comment on this journal entry for a FREE iTunes copy of the anthology – I have one voucher code to give away to the lucky first commenter, so be quick!
See you all in 2013!