Today I am very excited to be included in the blog tour for Amanda Huggins’ book Separated from the sea, which is published today (5th June)
About the book
Separated From the Sea is the debut short story collection from award-winning author,
Crossing oceans from Japan to New York and from England to Havana, these stories are filled with a sense of yearning, of loss, of not quite belonging, of not being sure that things are what you thought they were. They are stories imbued with pathos and irony, humour and hope.
Evie meets a past love but he’s not the person she thinks he is; a visit to the most romantic city in the world reveals the truth about an affair; Satseko discovers an attentive neighbour is much more than that; Eleanor’s journey on the London Underground doesn’t take her where she thought it would.
This book is a collection of short stories, all written by Amanda, who is a new author to me.
All of the books are linked together by a common theme throughout, namely the sea, and each story is completely separate from the previous one. This allows you to pick and choose a story if you so wish, or like me, read them in the order the author picked allowing the stories to flow nicely without any interruptions.
I have really got into short stories recently, which made receiving this one all the better. I enjoyed reading the book and as each story was quite short I could pick it up when I had a spare 10 minutes and read a couple of stories without having to worry about forgetting where I was and what had happened previously.
The book consists of 26 short stories, all of which are brilliant and worth re-reading to get the full effect of them.
It was really hard to pick a favourite as there are a couple which jumped out at me as memorable and worth looking at again, including the opening, and title story, which is about how a mother and daughter deal with the loss of their husband/father due to the sea.
Overall this is a brilliant collection of stories, which I highly recommend.
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About the Author
Mandy Huggins’s work has been published in anthologies, travel guides,
text books, and literary magazines, as well as in The Guardian, The Telegraph, Reader’s Digest, Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, Traveller, Mslexia, Wanderlust, and Writers’ Forum.
Her travel writing has won several awards, including the British Guild of Travel Writers New Travel Writer Award in 2014, and her short stories are regularly placed and shortlisted in competitions, including Bare Fiction, Fish, InkTears, Cinnamon Press and Retreat West.
A selection of her short fiction is showcased in the InkTears anthology, Death of a Superhero, and her first collection of flash fiction, Brightly Coloured Horses (Chapeltown Books), is now available on Kindle and in paperback.
Mandy’s first full length short story collection, Separated From The Sea, will be published by Retreat West Books in June 2018.
Follow her on Twitter @troutiemcfish