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Something Lost : Louise Watts

Something Lost is a novella about desire and unfulfilled potential. A young girl attempts to escape the drudgery of her life at home in books and in a relationship with her alcoholic English teacher. Meanwhile, her parents’ marriage is coming apart and domestic responsibilities build up.

Something Lost seeks meaning in likely and unlikely places: poems, definitions, recipes, jokes, facts. It moves between innocence and experience as high aspiration is undercut by emotional realities, and an underlying sadness is revealed. Although a coming-of-age story, it is not clear that anyone ever gets the chance to grow up.

A clever and extremely poignant first-person tale of family strife and growing into adulthood, where the reader enjoys reading between the lines of the teenage girl’s narration. The voice is pitch-perfect, the details sensitively chosen to evoke adolescent experience, understanding both less and more than it admits. Louise Watts has created a beautiful novella – funny, disarming, and deep.
~Michael Loveday, author of Three Men on the Edge

A beautifully woven story of life in the shadows – richly layered, filled with pathos and poetry and yearning. Its narrator’s quiet voice enchants and disturbs, and shines with patient resilience. It is a voice I would happily follow anywhere.
~Gail Anderson, winner of the Scottish Arts Trust Story Award, Reflex Fiction 2019 and Winchester Writers’ Festival 2018

Paperback, ISBN 978-1-912095-12-4, 133mm x 203mm, 66 pages.

£8.49 GBP
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When It’s Not Called Making Love : Karen Jones

Reader, do not be fooled. The brevity of this novella-in-flash belies the breadth and scope of its subject matter. In assured, clear-eyed prose, Karen Jones quickly immerses us into the world of her loyal, smart, brave protagonist. Bernadette is a child who becomes a woman, a bully who becomes the bullied, forever seeking the birthright we all share, that of simple tenderness and understanding. When It’s Not Called Making Love is a breathless, breathtaking, unflinching coming-of-age debut you will not want to miss.
~Kathy Fish, Author of Wild Life: Collected Works

Karen Jones artfully captures the dangers and hurts of life for suburban adolescent Bernadette, who suffers a painful awakening as she negotiates the quagmire of sex and the shifting rules of friendship. Frank and frustrated, Bernadette’s voice is breathless and vibrant, and the reader can only act as witness and wish her well on her journey. Poignant and full of truth, this is gorgeous writing.
~Nuala O’Connor, author of Joyride to Jupiter

I just loved When it’s Not Called Making Love. With an authentic voice, Karen Jones tells the story of the troubled Bernadette as she grows from displaced child to young adult. The stories are at times heart-breaking, at times hilarious, but they are always utterly engrossing. An exemplary novella-in-flash.
~Diane Simmons, author of Finding a Way and An Inheritance

Full of pent up desire and intense observation, this book grips you close, and pulls you hard into the darkness. This is succinct, sharp writing about loneliness, with raw pain and love at its core.
~Elisabeth Ingram Wallace, winner of The Mogford Prize and Writing the Future.

Paperback, ISBN 978-1-912095-16-2, 133mm x 203mm, 50 pages.

£8.49 GBP
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Stormbred : Eleanor Walsh

Eleanor Walsh is an assured storyteller. In Stormbred she reels the reader into the life of Ruby, a young Cornish girl searching for connection – to the world and to others. Walsh explores with perception these themes of connection and disconnection, embedding them skilfully in both the form and the language of the novella. An exceptionally rewarding and immersive read.
~Johanna Robinson, author of Homing

The search for home is a powerful theme in Stormbred, Eleanor Walsh’s extraordinary second novella-in-flash. With a backdrop of the 1990s war in Bosnia, and the displacement of thousands of people, Walsh focuses on Ruby, a troubled and brave young woman from a struggling Cornish farming family who has been mysteriously injured. This a gripping story, written vividly, with great heart and with many layers of meaning pertinent to today’s world. Right from the beginning chapter, it’s impossible not to feel deeply affected by Ruby’s plight and that of the other characters, including the sheep. Read Stormbred to be reminded of how fragile life is, and how resourceful people are.
~Jude Higgins, author of The Chemist’s House

Paperback, ISBN 978-1-912095-48-3, 133mm x 203mm, 82 pages.

£8.99 GBP
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The House on the Corner : Alison Woodhouse

In The House on the Corner, personal tremors large and small unsettle the foundations of a middle-class, nuclear family at the end of the 1980s. Alison Woodhouse has a novelist’s gift for capturing in words the currents and eddies of intimate, private thought. Her characters exist in a world of subtle, shadowy shifts – try as they might to understand what’s happening around them, they are shaped by forces beyond their comprehension and control. Luckily for the reader, Woodhouse knows exactly what she’s doing. She renders her characters’ disappointments and joys in paragraph after paragraph of exquisite prose.
~Michael Loveday, author of Three Men on the Edge

Paperback, ISBN 978-1-912095-14-8, 133mm x 203mm, 62 pages.

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if there is no shelter : Tracey Slaughter

A remarkable story of a woman’s life in an unnamed city in the aftermath of a series of earthquakes. It’s written with claustrophobic, relentless and urgent conviction. What’s most compelling is how the story is gleaned mostly through flashbacks, as though, like the city’s buildings, it’s been broken into fragments and we are picking our way through rubble. Gradually, like rescue workers, we uncover the situation of a hospitalized husband, a lover lost to a building’s collapse, and the tender domestic bonds the woman shares with her father and his colleague. This is a dark, oppressive story but, through it, the writer explores how humanity responds to crisis – and has produced a metaphor for our own times.
~Michael Loveday

Tracey Slaughter relates her story of guilt and grief in breathtakingly luminous fragments. These postcards from the red zone – brutal, beautiful – are a lament for what is lost, but also a reminder of what we can salvage when everything shatters. An extraordinary work; you will feel its aftershocks far beyond the final page.
~Catherine Chidgey

Paperback, ISBN 978-1-912095-18-6, 133mm x 203mm, 94 pages.

£9.99 GBP
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Sugar Mountain : Erica Plouffe Lazure

Drawing from a range of youthful voices and adventures, Sugar Mountain explores how children learn to deal with hard truths about themselves, and others, and the great wild world. From roller-skating away the grief of a parent, to soapy pranks by a band of camp bullies, to confronting an angry mass of waterfowl in the throes of a pillow fight, each chapter offers a tiny ticket back to a time when the world only seemed less complicated.

“A stunning sequence of stories about childhood shot through with irresistible yearning, beauty and humour. It’s written in a freewheeling prose that unfurls with detail after gorgeous detail piling up in the sentences. Quirky behaviour, teenage mischief, letdowns, unfulfilled dreams, romance – this novella really gets to the heart of what childhood feels like.”
~Michael Loveday, author of Three Men on the Edge

Paperback, ISBN 978-1-912095-20-9, 133mm x 203mm, 58 pages.

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Don’t Tell the Bees : Mary-Jane Holmes

Holmes conjures the best qualities of both the short story and the novel to create a lyrical evocation of the beauty, pain, and wonder of growing up. Don’t Tell the Bees oozes with love and conflict and of a girl’s passage into womanhood. Each chapter is a perfect little stand-alone flash story, a stunning example of what the form can accomplish. The reader is thrust heart-first into the difficult life of No-more and a world of unforgettable characters carved tenderly and precisely. Holmes recreates, in sensory-soaked detail, the world of a small French village near the Second World War. I marvel at how the author blends each stand-alone story into one masterful whole: poignant, compassionate, and profound in emotional impact.
~Meg Pokrass, author of The Dog Seated Next to Me, Pelekinsis.

Paperback, ISBN 978-1-912095-50-6, 133mm x 203mm, 60 pages.

£8.49 GBP
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Going Short: An invitation to Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is changing the way we tell stories. Carving away the excess, eliminating all but the most essential, flash fiction is putting the story through a literary dehydrator, leaving the meat without the fat. And it only looks easy.

Enter Going Short: An Invitation to Flash Fiction. In this, her treatise on the form, veteran writer Nancy Stohlman takes us on a flash fiction journey: from creating, sculpting, revisioning and collecting stories to best practices for writers in any genre. It is both instructive and conversational, witty and practical, and presented in flash fiction chapters that demonstrate the form as they discuss it. If you’re already a flash fiction lover, this book will be a dose of inspiration. If you teach flash fiction, you’ll want it as part of your repertoire. And if you’re new to the form, you might just find yourself ready to begin.

Paperback, ISBN 978-1-912095-79-7, 133mm x 203mm, 156 pages.

£12.99 GBP
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This Alone Could Save Us : Santino Prinzi

‘With This Alone Could Save Us, Santino Prinzi has fashioned a collection of small, smart fictions that read large. Here is work undergirded by innovation, incisive wit, and a keen ability to navigate terrain that is personal, and at once universal to us all.’
—Robert Scotellaro, author of Nothing Is Ever One Thing

‘Santino Prinzi is a word-wizard of the heart—a writer who fearlessly excavates uncomfortable secrets. In This Alone Could Save Us, Prinzi’s first full collection of flash fiction, human nature is the subject, gentle surrealism the medium. Bizarre yet real, funny and crazily sad—it’s mesmerizing to watch Prinzi’s vulnerable characters work to free themselves from life’s stickiest webs. Subversive, haunting, beautiful—a must-have collection!’
—Meg Pokrass, author of Alligators At Night and Series Co-Editor, Best Microfiction 2020

This Alone Could Save Us is a richly varied collection of flash fiction. In these compact gems, Santino Prinzi makes exquisite use of magic and the surreal, but also the quiet, evocative gestures of ordinary life. You will find the deliciously unexpected within these pages, along with moments of breath-taking stillness. Highly recommended.’
—Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018

‘Tender, poetic, and wonderfully surreal, Prinzi understands that stories can save us. Powerful flash fiction that lights up the page, this is the book we all need right now. It is one for the ages. This stunning collection will stay with you for years.’
—Angela Readman, author of Something Like Breathing and Don’t Try This At Home

‘In This Alone Could Save Us, Santino Prinzi demonstrates his enormous talent for drawing readers into his stories, often surprising them with surrealistic touches that appear totally believable and natural. The flash fictions in this impressive collection are widely varied, but each story is unmistakably Prinzi.’
—Diane Simmons, author of Finding a Way

‘Exceptionally engaging, closely observed and thought-provoking, this collection shows us a flash master at work as he explores the fault lines that crack open under our feet at moments of unplanned change. Seen through his eyes, the familiar becomes strange, solid becomes unsteady, and even the moon loses its faith in humanity, so moves on. Sometimes sad, sometimes playful, always memorable.’
—Vanessa Gebbie, author of The Coward’s Tale and five short fiction collections

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-81-0; 196mm x 134mm; 144pp

£9.99 GBP
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With One Eye on the Cows : Bath Flash Fiction Volume Four

This anthology, the fourth from the Bath Flash Fiction Awards, contains 137 micro fictions of 300 words or under by writers from all over the world. The stories cover many topics: relationships in all their forms, familiar, strange, tragic or benign; war and displacement; the climate emergency; historical subjects; the fantastical and surreal. So many different styles and themes. So much to enjoy, make you think, and inspire you to write your own stories.

“From lush description to plot surprises to current events and complicated relationships of all kinds… a wonderful cross-section of flash fiction.”
~Nancy Stohlman, author of Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities

“There’s humor and pathos in these stories, conventional plots alongside innovative structures… personal stories and those concerning larger cultural themes.”
~Christopher Allen author of Other Household Toxins

“A real cornucopia of flash skills…all sparking joy.”
~Vanessa Gebbie author of The Coward’s Tale

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-85-8; 196mm x 134mm; 194pp

£9.99 GBP
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Inland Empire Afternoon : John Brantingham

This novella is a tour de force of narrative manipulation. Set during an afternoon in one urban area (the Inland Empire, California) the story leaps from one resident to another in story after story, offering a highly diverse ensemble cast of over 40 characters. Virtually every flash is deftly linked to the one that precedes, picking up a thread of narrative or location, and centred around certain key events – a hold-up, an earthquake, a wedding, a fire etc. The effect is to create a mesmerising portrait of the daily trials and tribulations of an urban community. Brilliantly conceived and skilfully written, this is an unusual and deeply impressive novella-in-flash.”
~ Michael Loveday author of Three Men On The Edge.

“In an age of superficiality, mediocrity, and sound-cliches, John Brantingham is a genuine throwback to when Men of Letters roamed the literary prairies. His creative and intellectual emanations brim with his enthusiasms, his versatility, and the depths of spirituality and social conscience at the core of his soul. There is no one of whom I could speak more highly, as a writer and as a person.”
~ Gerald Locklin author of The Case of The Missing Blue Volkswagen and others.

“Wise and insightful, Brantingham’s work brilliantly captures the light and darkness in us all.”
~ James Brown author of This River.

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-83-4; 196mm x 134mm; 68pp

£8.49 GBP
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The Way of the Wind : Francine Witte

An unforgettable voice narrates this novella-in-flash, a jilted lover who is obsessed with her ex, struggling to find a settled place to live, and trying to find a way to make peace with both her disapproving mother and the memories of her estranged father. It’s impossible to resist this flawed narrator’s honest, raw humanity. Immediate, alive, sharp, psychologically astute – there is a kind of casual poetry in the writing. On virtually every page there are moments of expressive genius and flair that will either have you laughing or will tug hard at your heart.
—Michael Loveday, author of Three Men on the Edge

With her first novella-in-flash, The Way of the Wind, Francine Witte takes the reader on a pot-holed, unpredictable journey of the heart—a roadtrip for which there is no GPS navigation. Not many writers of flash can conjure comedy and tragedy in perfectly equal doses, but like a magician at the top of her form, this is exactly what happens in Witte’s memorable tour-de-force.
—Meg Pokrass, author of The Dog Seated Next to Me

What do we do with loss—that hollow, unbearable weight we carry around? Do we dissolve? Or do we somehow reassemble our life? These are the central questions Francine Witte tackles head-on in her latest sensational book. With her heart laid bare on both sleeves, Witte also asks, What if? What if I’d been more? What if I’d mattered more? Through her spare, yet shimmering prose we get answers to these questions and many more. For the romantic, the philosopher, or anyone still breathing, this is the book you need in order to make sense of that thing we call love.
—Len Kuntz, author of This Is Why I Need You

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-93-3; 196mm x 134mm; 84pp

£9.99 GBP
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Straight Down The Road : Dan Crawley

The stories in this collection by Dan Crawley fit together like beautiful puzzle pieces to create a portrait of a broken family on the world’s worst road trip: a father dragging his wife and children into his dreams; a mother wishing for her own kind of freedom; their children, trapped in their parents’ narrative, wanting to create their own. Each piece is its own story, powerful in its own right, but together they create a beautiful, heartbreaking whole.
— Cathy Ulrich, author of Ghosts of You

As if it were some rediscovered Raymond Carver manuscript, this is a classic novella-in-flash in the mainstream American tradition. A working class family try to keep themselves afloat, travelling the country by car after the father quits his job. The writing is warmly affectionate towards the characters even though they’re flawed. There’s an appealing, breezy, summery quality even though real tension bubbles up – it feels like an authentic family dynamic. Some bond of grudging love is keeping this family together, even though they’re stretched to breaking point. Each flash has the clarity of a distinct memory – like each one might be a family legend. A vivid and highly effective novella-in-flash.
— Michael Loveday, author of Three Men on the Edge

I admire the agility and surprise, the ferocity of this book’s verbal sleights of hand, Straight Down the Road is so wonderfully inventive, and emotionally precise. Crawley’s stories contain speaker’s voices that don’t suppress, voices and conflicts that brim with verve, rueful humor, and a new topography between head and heart. This is a writer who pressures language and transforms into improvisational, masterfully controlled, and yet fragile constructions. An intensely gripping collection.
— Robert Vaughan, author of Funhouse, EIC of Bending Genres

This novella-in-flash chronicles a joyful family road trip that quickly gives way to instability and uncertainty. Unmoored, and with an increasingly threadbare safety net beneath them, a couple and their gaggle of kids have no choice but to keep moving. Told with exquisite attention to detail, and an eye for all that is peculiar, arresting, and emblematic of America in the 70s, Dan Crawley’s Straight Down the Road is a gorgeous and unforgettable debut.
— Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-91-96; 196mm x 134mm; 68pp

£8.49 GBP
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The Bath Short Story Award Anthology 2019

The twenty distinctive stories in our seventh anthology reveal the secrets, pains and pleasures of being human. Set in different times, cultures and places they reflect universal truths and beg to be read.

‘What struck me most was the inventiveness of the stories, whether in their structure, their voices, or in the wonderful range of vivid imagery. A girl suspended in mid-air, survivors healing through song in a candlelit chapel, two streetlamps leaning into each other, in love, in the twilight. These were images that remained with me long after reading.’
—Samuel Hodder, Blake Friedmann Literary Agency

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-89-6; 196mm x 134mm; 182pp

£9.99 GBP
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Flash Fiction Festival Three

82 micro fictions from participants and presenters who came from around the world to the third Flash Fiction Festival UK which took place in Bristol, UK in June 2019. Dip in to discover short short stories – all 250 words or under – in different styles and on many different themes from the personal to the political.

“A festival of riches, the UK Flash Fiction Festival is for adventurous writers and readers. From memoir and travel writing to novellas and dream sequences, the sessions in the third UK Flash Fiction Festival engaged writers new or experienced in the form and encouraged outside-the-box writing. Participants polished their skills, learned new ones and discovered hot-off-the-press books. Flash at its very best – with the very best!”
~ Michelle Elvy, writer, tutor, editor and festival workshop presenter. Author of the everrumble.

“The 2019 Flash Fiction Festival was a revelation. Fabulous workshops, great company. Came home with my head popping with ideas. A great confidence booster!”
~ Anne Howkins, festival participant.

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-87-2; 196mm x 134mm; 134pp

£9.99 GBP
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The Roster : Debra A. Daniel

An ‘ensemble cast’ novella with a fresh and original concept — a sequence of stories about a teacher’s pupils at a school. The students’ eccentricities, rebelliousness and vulnerabilities are depicted with warmth, fondness, and very often, an absolutely heart-breaking poignancy, as in the case of the child with brittle bones, or the young boy grieving his sister. There is black humour too, in places, and endings that are intensely lyrical. The characterisations are superbly individualised, vivid, inventive and memorable, and are written with beautiful variety of expression. A novella of immense charm that has real emotional substance.
—Michael Loveday, author of Three Men on the Edge

Early on, one of Debra Daniel’s wonderfully eccentric characters says, ‘Don’t try to figure out how it’s done. Just let it be magic.’ That turns out to be good advice. The Roster magically evokes the multifarious milieu of the school playground and the early-grade classroom. It’s filled with quirky and unforgettable characters—hyperactive twins, a boy with Tourette, a brittle-boned girl confined to a cart—all beautifully rendered through the wise eyes of a primary school teacher. These are stories told with love and wonder. They’re magic.
—Luke Whisnant, author of In the Debris Field

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-95-7; 196mm x 134mm; 58pp

£7.49 GBP
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Homing : Johanna Robinson

‘This novella-in-flash, a historical fiction encompassing the Second World War and telling the story of a Norwegian family from 1933 to 1970, has more epic sweep than many novels. A powerful novella of real substance, bold technique and readerly appeal, it’s the kind of literary fiction that would grace the shelves of any bookstore and find a passionate readership.’
~Michael Loveday, author of Three Men on the Edge

‘Johanna Robinson’s ambitious, sweeping novella shines a provocative light on the timeless beauty of belonging to a family. This author seamlessly juxtaposes moments of love and tenderness against the grim realities of war, and the effect is deeply uplifting.’
~Meg Pokrass, author of Alligators At Night

‘Homing unpacks what it is to maintain longing and hope over five decades in one family. It plays with words and emotions as it zig-zags between flashes that build to form a satisfying, moving insight: the whole far greater than the sum of its parts.’
~Stephanie Hutton, author of Three Sisters of Stone

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-97-1; 196mm x 134mm; 126pp

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Birds with Horse Hearts : Eleanor Walsh

Avery, a young widow from Iowa, travels to Nepal to connect with her late husband’s roots. Though she knows no more than that his village was called Baghmara, she’s willing to visit every Baghmara in the country if she must. But when she meets a young Nepali woman, Putali, and her mother, Khusbhu – two women also struggling to build new lives for themselves – Avery becomes more embroiled in the chaotic energy of the living than the histories of the dead, pursuing a connection far deeper than the one for which she’d been searching. Birds with Horse Hearts explores the entangled lives of three women as they navigate grief, freedom, and their own journeys to find people to call family and places to call home.

‘underneath these bone-hard micro-fictions runs a soft tissue of human connection’
~Rob Magnuson Smith, winner of the Elizabeth Jolley Prize and the Faulkner Wisdom Competition

‘strange and beautiful tale’
~Karen Hofmann, three-time winner of the Okanagan Short Fiction Contest

‘intimate and affecting’
~David Devanny, author of Wasps on the Way and winner of the Ictus Prize

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-74-2; 196mm x 134mm; 60pp

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All That Is Between Us : K.M. Elkes

This collection of flash fiction stories explores the complex fragility of human relationships, both the challenges of belonging and how much we risk to avoid being alone. It is a book of moments, evoking the beauty and comfort that connection brings…and the pain when it is severed.

‘Whoever you are, whatever you like to read, you need these stories in your life.’
–Tania Hershman, author of Some Of Us Glow More Than Others

‘These insightful and disarmingly honest stories shimmer with quirky brilliance.’
–Meg Pokrass, author of Alligators At Night

‘K.M. Elkes writes like a fallen angel, making the ordinary divine…This is breath-taking flash fiction at its finest.’
–Angela Readman, author of Something Like Breathing

‘Brings a Cheeveresque emotional punch to his stories…a masterclass in the heart-jolting satisfaction of great flash fiction.’
–Nuala O’Connor, author of Joyride to Jupiter

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-53-7; 196mm x 134mm; 150pp

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the everrumble : Michelle Elvy

the everrumble is a poetic imagining of intense focus and sweeping ideas. Zettie’s story is fluid and in motion, transcending geographies and time. She stops talking, at age seven, and starts to listen – to the worlds she finds in language and books, and to the people and places she encounters as she moves across continents. Her silence connects her to people, to nature and to the elemental world. Magical and beyond boundaries, this collection focuses on small fragments, taking Zettie, and the reader, inevitably to the place where human history began.

‘a loving homage to our beleaguered planet’
–Catherine McNamara

‘a tour de force’
–Christopher Allen

‘luminous’
–Tracey Slaughter

Paperback; ISBN 978-1-912095-73-5; 196mm x 134mm; 132pp

£9.99 GBP
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