Regular Alchemy Press editor Jan Edwards’ collection, Fables and Fabrications, has received a rather splendid review by Andrew Darlington. He describes the book thus:
You’ll be drawn to this book – in her words, like a hungry she-bear scenting tethered sheep. Announced as ‘fourteen tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre’ this is not the grind-core slasher-horror of gut-wrenching torture-porn, more the luring strangeness of some lost golden age.
Last Saturday we were in Leominster’s Grange, a gorgeous historic building close to the town centre. We’re pleased to say that our Sat Nav negotiated the narrow streets to perfection — unlike friend Malcolm Havard’s, which sent him down a cul de sac.
Winner of the Winchester Conference Slim Volume prize. Jan Edwards’ prize-winning Sussex Tales runs a witty and thought-provoking gamut of village events and of its more curious characters. From fanged ferrets to bulls in lead masks; ancient hand grenades to exploding ginger beer; cricketing dogs to wassailing orchards, Sussex Tales weaves traditional country wines and recipes, folklore and local dialect, into stories of a farming childhood in the vanished world of 1950’s and 60’s rural life. “Superbly crafted … creating sub-plots as it unfolds with purpose and fluidity… Whether you’re from Sussex or not this is an appealing and often amusing collection of tales from a bygone age. I defy you not to like them.” – Barry Lillie
Sussex Tales is available as a print and Kindle editions from Amazon.