Stories for Homes Volume 2 is available NOW in ebook format.
To buy link: http://amzn.to/2fSRGku
Published and unpublished writers come together to create an anthology of stories about what ‘home’ means.
55 writers are included in a second charity anthology that brings issues around housing, poverty and crisis to life through the power of storytelling. Volume One of the Stories for Homes Project raised over £3K for housing charity Shelter and raised awareness of housing issues. Volume Two of the anthology includes stories, poems and flash fiction and again all proceeds will be donated to the charity.
Product Detail (as per amazon page)
A home is something most of us have the luxury of taking for granted but for many it is a grim struggle to obtain what should be a basic necessity. Stories for Homes is a collection of witty, poignant, funny and heartbreaking short stories by fifty five authors, both established and emerging, reflecting the connection between the immediacy of housing crisis and the stories people tell about their lives around and within it. Volume Two of the anthology includes stories, poems and flash fiction and again all proceeds will be donated to Shelter, the charity for housing and homelessness.
Early Praise for the Book
Emma Darwin, author of The Mathematics of Love, commented on the quality of writing in the anthology as: “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.”
Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, said: “Stories give our imaginations a home. It’s good to see them helping to give people shelter in the real world, too…” reflecting the connection between the immediacy of housing crisis and the stories people tell about their lives around and within it.
Sally Swingewood, who also edited the collections, commented: “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”
I feel very honoured to be involved in the blogtour promoting the launch of Stories for Homes Volume 2. This anthology of short stories has been created by a community of people all willing to offer their expertise in a variety of fields to help bring Stories for Homes Volume 1 and Volume 2 into fruition. All profits from the sale of both Volumes 1 and Volume 2 go to the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. This particular anthology is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, 14 June 2017. I was kindly given an arc of this anthology to help with my review but have also purchased a copy. The work that Shelter do is insurmountable and every penny helps.
What I love about collections of short stories is that you can dip in them whenever you have a little time out. Very often when I grab a cuppa I like to read and just choosing one or two of the stories in this collection will take your mind on a journey. I’ve randomly picked and read a few of these stories just be choosing titles that I liked the sound of. Each story grasped my attention and imagination straight away. Some of the stories were touchingly poignant and evoked many emotions in me chilling me to my bone and sending a shock through my heart and body and others were like a warm comforting blanket.
To date, I have read:
- The Tiger Who Came Back to Apologise
- Lydia and the Cat
- Real Comfort Food
- East, West
I believe a compilation of short stories is an essential book shelf/coffee table accessory.
Take some time out to free your mind and help others at the same time.
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