Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But, I’m back and I’m shining the spotlight on a volume of books today set out to do good. Emma Darwin, author of The Mathematics of Love, commented on this book calling it, “A cornucopia of witty, tragic, elegant, raw, heart-warming and terrifying stories that take the idea of Home, play with it as only truly talented writers can, and all to help those who have no home at all.”
Yes, it’s the second edition of the Stories for Homes anthology, edited by Debi Alper and Sally Swingewood, in support of Shelter.
55 writers, both unpublished and published, come together in this anthology with short stories on issues like poverty, homelessness, crisis and others to life with the aim of doing some real good in the world for people who these issues genuinely affect too.
And the first edition of the book managed to raise over £3,000 for Shelter, so as you can see there’s a potential for this book to do some real good, perhaps go even further than £3,000!
This second edition contains not just short stories but flash fiction and poetry too, so there’s definitely something for every type of reader in here.
It’s available now as an ebook (published 28th September 2017, in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy), and Sally Swingewood, one of the editors of this anthology, commented on the book upon it’s release.
“The Stories for Homes collections would not be possible without the generosity of a huge number of volunteers. By working together we have produced a book which will not only delight but also help address one of the biggest humanitarian crises facing modern society. In a world where migration, identity and belonging are in the news daily we have a duty to help everyone have a home in which they feel safe and settled. Stories for Homes is one way we can be part of the solution”
Plus, if you want to read more, head to storiesforhomes.wordpress.com, a website featuring a further collection of flash fiction, poetry and real life experience of people who have had housing problems and/or have experienced homelessness along with columns from the professionals with advice.
Make sure you go and check out the other posts from across the blog tour for this book as well! And like I said, this book is available now as an ebook to buy today.