This ARC was sent to me by Stripes Publishing – @StripesBooks in return for an honest review so thank you very much guys!
This is a book of short stories and poetry by 12 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers.
For someone who doesn’t often read books of short stories/poetry this was a real treat and totally hit the spot for me. The diverse range of genres in this book is amazing. There are contemporary, dystopian, magical realism, time slip and historical tales all under one gorgeous cover, designed by Lucy Banaji, her cover design is so striking.
As with a lot of short story collections, I didn’t necessarily love all of them but I did like them all, very much and the ones I did love, I really, really loved!
I hadn’t read anything by these authors before which was exciting as I love discovering new voices in literature.
Favourite stories/poems include:
Hackney Moon by Tanya Byrne. Full of warmth, humour and honesty. I wanted this story to go on and on, her writing is so beautiful and i’m pleased to see she has other books already published.
Of Lizard Skin and Dust Storms by Inua Ellams is a really powerful and moving poem, its sparse lines just say so much.
Iridescent Adolescent by Phoebe Roy is full of magical realism,(which I always love reading), symbolism and has a gorgeous fairy tale quality about it.
Dear Asha by Mary Bello is so moving and tenderly written and follows a girl who loses something precious but discovers who she really is by doing so.
If I had to pick a favourite, favourite though (and this is very hard to do)it would be the wonderfully titled:
The Unwritten Future of Moses Mohammed Shabazz Banneker King by Irfan Master. A really short, quirky, time travellish story which really grabbed me with its skillful words.How they managed to pack so much into so few words astounds me.
In the back of the book there is a mini biography of all the contributors so you can see if they have published anything else before and they even have a list of the subject matter covered by the stories and poems in case you want to avoid anything you dont like, which I think is a such a cool idea.
I’m so glad I requested a proof copy of this from Stripes Publishing, its been such a wonderful reading experience.
Its published today, and its in your local shop now so rush out and buy a copy for yourself and everyone you know, this is a an excellent collection.