The 2012 winning short stories
Buy By the Light of the Moon in the United Kingdom or USA
By the Light of the Moon is an ideal title for this anthology of the shortlist from the Rubery Short Story Award because it illustrates what happens in all good stories. Light is shed on something or someone who might be hidden by the darkness, unexamined, unknown, until it is opened up and examined with a writer's skill. There is great pleasure to be found in the illumination of something unusual, something previously unconsidered. It is like turning over a stone and finding a new, previously undiscovered creature which has been lying there for centuries, waiting for our scrutiny.
There are some remarkable writers out there who know how to reveal truths and insights. This is the skill of good writing - to bring new ideas to the reader's attention. We are introduced to the world of the female boxer; aid workers in Africa; a future world altered by climate change; a child's view of Mussolini; the time when the ban on the ANC was lifted; unassuaged grief from the loss of a child that distorts a mother's view of the world; a unique revenge for a death in the past; the return of a dead girl to challenge a village; a journey back in time to the colony of Victoria in Australia; a Russian concert pianist who displays more understanding of life than expected. Light is shone on old worlds and new, and there is much pleasure to be gained from exploring them and savouring them.
Buy the Tipping Point
A collection of short stories that won and were shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award 2011. Every relationship and every story has a tipping point: a moment of clarity; a realisation that actions lead to consequences; a decision that can affect the rest of a person's life. Each of these ten beautifully written stories reveals a new perspective on those tipping points. They are subtle and thoughtful, shining light into dark corners, presenting to the reader a rich slice of contemporary life.
There's something here to satisfy every taste. Truth can be found in the desert; in the face of rising flood water; within the darkness of encroaching Alzheimer's; in the changing circumstances that come with age; in friendship across generations; double cross; murder; corruption on the border of Nigeria; lost opportunities; domestic abuse. Read them. Let them illuminate the dilemmas that lie at the heart of our existence and the tipping point that lies in wait for us all.
The anthology is available to buy directly from us if you live in the United Kingdom. For other buying options, including international buyers, the book is available to buy from amazon and can be ordered from other good book stores.