April 5, 2018
This is the title story in a collection of shorts by author Hilary Mantel known for her award winning novels about Henry VIII’s “Fixer” Thomas Cromwell. I have not read these novels but have seen the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall which was the first of the Cromwell stories and it is clear from these that she is a talented storyteller.
The stories in The Assassination of Margret Thatcher collection are expertly written with well crafted descriptions of the characters and the settings in which the action takes place. But apart from the title story, which is the last in the collection, I found the narratives hard to follow. However, I am glad I persevered with the stories as short story writing is a difficult art to master and I was intrigued to see how a writer with Hilary Mantel’s reputation went about tackling them. The collection has received many excellent reviews so it might just simply be that the stories are not to my taste.
The assassination of Margret Thatcher is published by Fourth Estate
and is available in hardback, paperback, as an ebook and audiobook
October 13, 2017
Writing short stories is a different art to the novel and difficult to do, but Kitty Campanile is an expert. There are some real gems here. Because they are so short these are ideal if you are looking for a distraction between tasks or are a car, train or plane passenger. Each one is a delight and well worth the read.
Forget Me Not is sold by Amazon and is available
as a paperback and as a Kindle ebook
September 20, 2016
In August 2011 I published a blog about the rebirth of the short story (see https://peatmore.wordpress.com/2011/08/22). Now it seems that this form of fiction writing is going from strength to strength. The BBC is once more running its annual competition for its National Short Story Award and all this week the short listed stories are being broadcasted on BBC Radio 4 until Friday 23 September (http://tinyurl.com/hzbtokk).
In addition the BBC Readings Unit have chosen some of their favourite Radio 4 short stories to listen to again (http://tinyurl.com/zrgva4y).
Not to be outdone Peatmore Press has launched my Kindle ebook short story collection, “New Beginnings” as a free download for 5 days beginning today.
Go to http://amazon.com/dp/B00MTK5FAO or http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MTK5FAO to grab your copy.
February 23, 2015
Fiction by its very nature is not true. Writing novels and short stories means writing lies. But for good fiction to work it has to be believable which means that it has to be a good lie.
In 2010 Peatmore Press published a police procedural crime novel, “Victim of Compromise”. The author took great pains to make the police procedures described in the story as accurate as possible but it is practically impossible to get every detail exactly right. Police and forensic methods change over time and between different forces. Many crime writers set their stories before the advent of technologies such as genetic finger printing and the widespread use of CCTV cameras to save the need to describe up to date modern forensic techniques. Indeed when writing such tales even when setting stories in the present day it is best to make it clear when and where the story is set particularly if you hope it will be read again in the future.
To celebrate this theme within fiction writing, Peatmore Press has posted the short story, “The Lie”, taken from its “New Beginnings” collection published in August last year, on its website. It is available to read for free at http://www.peatmore.com and there is also a link to it on the side panel of this blog. We hope you find it both enjoyable and thought provoking.
August 19, 2014
Peatmore Press has just released a second ebook short story collection as a follow up to Crime and Passion. C&P brought together two writing styles, one dark and one light that also manifested itself in the first two Peatmore novels, Cogrill’s Mill and Victim of Compromise, and because of this two different pen names were used. This was always going to be difficult to sustain with the second short story collection particularly as it encompassed just one central theme, namely that of starting over. Thus it was decided that the new book would be put out under my real name and the title New Beginnings.
This does not mean that the names Jack Lindsey and Luke Johnson will no longer be used. There is a third Jack Lindsey novel, written in the same light vein as the previous two, currently in the planning stage.
New Beginnings by Keith Jahans is available on the Amazon Kindle Store and as an Apple ibook on the iTunes Store via the Peatmore Press website at http://www.peatmore.com
June 19, 2014
Here are fifteen stories on a concurrent theme that everyone has something to hide. These narratives are about ordinary people coping with their everyday lives. The stories are brief, ideal to dip in and out of during a train, bus journey or lunch break. Some are sad and some uplifting. They are all expertly drawn accounts of the human condition and many end in a delightful twist.
Hidden by is published by Authors Online and is available at http://www.authorsonline.co.uk
and http://www.amazon.co.uk for £7.99 (paperback) and £5.61 (kindle format).
July 26, 2013
This is a second collection of stories by an expert raconteur. This time he has included a couple of clever poems. The stories and poems are light and provide entertaining reading. They are ideal for anyone wishing to while away the odd ten or fifteen minutes as they can be dipped in and out of at any spare moment. Give them a try and you will not be disappointed.
Waiting in the Wings and other Diversions by Douglas O’Shea is available in the Kindle Store