The Madonna of the Pool,  a debut collection of short stories, by Helen Stancey more than rivals her well received novels, Words and Common Ground. Richly poetic and entirely engaging, the stories d

    Our Story of the Week is a mystery story from the writer David Lewis. David was nine when he began his literary career. He entered his school’s writing competition with a short story called Cindy

    WHAT IF YOU COULD BE SOMEBODY ELSE? The Tale of Senyor Rodriguez is Lou Gilmond’s stunning debut literary mystery novel. It’s 1960’s Mallorca and Thomas Sebastian is an English conman on the ru

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Novels, Novellas & Collections of Short Stories

LONGER FICTION

  • The Madonna of the Pool,  a debut collection of short stories, by Helen Stancey more than rivals her well received novels, Words and Common Ground. Richly poetic and entirely engaging, the stories demonstrate an exquisite understanding of human ada

  • WHAT IF YOU COULD BE SOMEBODY ELSE? The Tale of Senyor Rodriguez is Lou Gilmond’s stunning debut literary mystery novel. It’s 1960’s Mallorca and Thomas Sebastian is an English conman on the run. Hoping to evade his creditors, he’s taken an

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INTERVIEWS & BLOGS

Finn Campbell-Notman is the book illustrator of the recently published short story collection by Helen Stancey The Madonna of the Pool. Recognisable f

Book to film adaptions are essentially an act of translation. As with languages, each medium has its own limitations and advantages. But is a successf

We turn to books for lots of reasons: comfort, entertainment, escapism, and self-discovery - to name a few. You might not be aware but this is actuall

I sat curled up with my book, in a window seat that stretched almost the entire width of the room. My shoulder was pressed against the glass and seven

Authors of Short stories and Longer fiction

Author Spotlight

  • We're delighted to be publishing book author Helen's first collection of richly poetic short stories - The Madonna of the Pool. Each story is a reflection of everyday life with its uplifting triumphs and quiet compromises, revealing the subtle intri

  • Neal Mason is the imaginative short story writer behind one of the most popular stories published on Fairlight Books website - Stocktaking. Neal was born in Middlesex. After finishing his education in Norfolk he spent most of his life tutoring for

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