A member of Leighton Buzzard Writers has released a new collection of short stories set in a Sussex town in the 1960s.
Author Mike Moran spent some of his childhood living in the area and its his memories of Horsham that have influenced the stories in Not So Long Ago.
Mike said: “I arrived in Horsham as a semi-illiterate nine-year-old from Tasmania and I left as economics graduate. I have come to realise the time I lived in Sussex and the people that I met there that shaped what I became. The book is a homage to the place that enriched my life.”
The interlocking theme is of chance meetings and changing lives and all stories cluster around one group of characters.Here we read about Joss and Annettes meeting at the swimming club, which ignites a long relationship.
Melissa and Fred collide when she knocks him over while riding her bike and both stumble towards a relationship.
Alfredo and Maria meet at school and stay together, despite arguments. Chris, artistic with wealthy parents, falls for
Dora, but on seeing her in a pub is beaten up by her boyfriend. By the end, all the characters have progressed in their lives.
This new collection will appeal to readers who want stories that engage them, are prepared for sudden plot twists and a nostalgic 60s setting. Not So Long Ago offers readers the narrative intensity of the short story with the character development associated with a novel.
Mike, 68, is married with a son and daughter and lives in Camberton Road, Linslade.