Books

Not Forever

Not Forever by Alex Mellanby We turned into a narrow gap between two walls. ‘Don’t want to disturb anyone in the village.’ If Lester had decided to kill us, then he would have found it easy. No one was going to come out in this rain to check what was happening to mum and me. Not when they’d got a look at us. Molly’s childhood is a world of secrets and hiding. Her mother’s latest

Then and Now

Then and Now by RJ Gould – A tale of love, loss and the chance to put things right. Sandy is about to retire following an illustrious career as editor of an upmarket fashion magazine. Michael can’t retire, he thinks his work to explain the dangers of climate change is far too important. Jonathan would like to retire from running his fundraising consultancy but a family crisis is getting in the way. These three were

The Backtraps

The Backtraps by Jamie Harding – A slow river, an eternal death. Terror strikes four young friends night-fishing the backwaters of Loudwick Mill, a sleepy town through which the Ouse river gently meanders on its way to the Great Wash. To Ed and his fellow teenage friends, nothing much seems to happen in Loudwick Mill, where fishing the river Ouse as it meanders through their sleepy hometown is one of the few things to do.

Under Rand Farm

Under Rand Farm by Jamie Harding – a dark, thrilling horror set in the US. Nestled among the rolling hills and forests of upstate Pennsylvania, Rand Farm has belonged to the family since a predatory Henry Rand purchased its sixty acres in the 1960s, and began to sow his insidious seeds into its soil. Henry nurtured his crops, his family and his dark secret before falling to a brutal death down the farm cellar’s stone

Auscultation

Auscultation by Ilse Pedler – A compelling set of poems from a striking new voice. Ilse Pedler is a prize-winning poet who writes from the unique perspective of a practicing veterinary surgeon. Her title: Auscultation: means listening and specifically, in medicine, listening to sounds that come from the body’s internal organs. If listening is a central theme of this collection; it is also about being heard. This is a voice that has longed to be

Dream Cafe

Dream Cafe By RJ Gould – A witty, warm tale of love, life and fresh starts. “Why on earth am I here?” David wonders as he observes the juvenile antics of ex-classmates at the twenty-five year school reunion. Then he sees Bridget. David draws up a list of all that he hopes to achieve to kick-start a new life now that his wife has moved in with his best friend – his ex-best friend. A

Visitors – Short Story Competition Anthology 2021

Visitors – Short Story Competition Anthology 2021 from Cambridge Writers. Our anthology is filled with comic, poignant, and fantastical short stories. A ghostly train whistle and a hawk moth are just two of the varied interpretations of the ‘visitors’ theme. Another absolutely beautiful cover design by our secretary, Siobhan Carew. Huge thanks go to her for pulling it all together! All the stories featured here either won, were placed or highly commended in our 2021

Short Story Competition Winners 2013-2017

This beautiful volume is a compilation of winning and commended stories from competitions run between 2013 and 2017. Story themes include ‘Encounters’, ‘Surprising Angles’, ‘Seven Sins’, and ‘Rituals’. Buy our compilation anthology here in paperback or kindle edition.

Small Town Blues

Small Town Blues by Les Brookes – a tale of gay love in 1980’s Suffolk. “What do I really want? Do I know? Well, I know what I don’t want. I don’t want a life of settled ease with Colin, peppered with a series of casual encounters. I want a lover. A real lover. Someone to bond with on every level…” It’s the 1980s in rural Suffolk, and Evan has high hopes when he moves in

Nothing Man

Nothing Man by R J Gould – A humorous quest for a fresh start. One man in need of an overhaul. Two women determined to drag him there. Neville Watkin’s life is so rubbish surely things can’t get any worse.  Yes they can, because his wife leaves him, he loses his job, has a car crash and ends up in hospital. Feisty Laura, the other party in the car crash, befriends him and sets out

Mountain – Short Story Competition 2020 Anthology

Our collection of short stories from the 2020 competition is now in print. The pieces all follow the theme of Mountain, with a wide variety of interpretations. We owe a big thank you to our Secretary, Siobhán Carew, for putting this together and coming up with an excellent design. Buy our ‘Mountain’ anthology here

Apperception

Apperception by Emily Bilman – a book of poetry about the excessive dreaming process we experienced during the pandemic. Dreaming often takes us back to our childhood memories and wishes as we deal with our confinement. In the book, the dreaming poet vanquishes her foreboding dreams that intuit the pandemic by realising that the lockdown made us all more vulnerable. We became more dependent on each other; yet, we unconsciously dislike and repress our interdependence.

The Bench by Cromer Beach

The Bench by Cromer Beach by R J Gould – A bittersweet romantic novel for grown-ups. Five people in a sleepy English coastal town. One year that changes everything. They seem to have it all. They’re in good health and are financially secure. They live in a pleasant and comfortable town. But as their lives intertwine, cracks emerge and restlessness grows. For Clive, is retirement the beginning of the end? Can fun-loving Saskia break free

Love and Pollination

Love and Pollination by Mari Jane Law – Shortlisted for ChocLit’s 2019 Search for a Star competition. Perdita Riley is facing the greatest dilemma of her life. Why had she taken Violet Freestone’s advice on how to make herself look more alluring? It led her into the arms of a womaniser. And now Perdita has to deal with a huge setback. Actually, Setback Number One isn’t huge yet, but it won’t be long before it

Mid-life follies

Mid-Life Follies by R J Gould – A compassionate and funny take on relationships in mid-life. Liz has no idea why she walked out on Hugh. Hugh has no idea why Liz walked out on him. Is she having a midlife crisis? Should he be having one, too? Oh dear – marriage! Just when you think life is sorted … When Liz flees their comfortable family home in Cambridge after twenty-three years of contented marriage,

Pilgrimages: Poems 1995-2017

Pilgrimages: Poems 1995-2017 by Harry Goode – A beautiful book of poetry with great thematic depth. Pilgrimages might seem a somewhat strange title for a collection by a not particularly religious man. However, as I age I start to see the pattern of my life. If there is a quest it is not to pay homage to saintly relics, but to seek whatever significance the pattern might have. The poems cover themes from boyhood to

Couscous with Tata Hannah

Couscous with Tata Hannah by Huguette Zerbib – A personal memoir of life in a small Algerian town. Recently, Huguette’s granddaughter asked her: “Grand’mère, what is our background?” This volume could be seen as an answer to that question. “Couscous with Tata Hannah” is a memoir of a largely vanished world and of Jewish North Africa. Memory and storytelling are central to Jewish life and the writings incorporate the author’s personal experiences followed by anecdotes

A Change of Nuisances

A Change of Nuisances by Kathy English – An absorbing novel about finding the courage to make a change. This feel-good story begins when Pat, exhausted by minding her grand-children, decides to have a holiday from her life. She takes her break in the only place she can afford: her home city of Cambridge. Her sight-seeing is interrupted by a meeting with Jenny, a college bursar with a big problem; she has lost a painting

Cambridge Rose

Cambridge Rose by Siobhan Carew – the third in her fantastic Cambridge Crime series. Rose Foster meets Ronnie Lyndon when she begins a master’s degree in Cambridge. A relationship blossoms. Rose is still reeling from the death of a beloved aunt. Is life now on the up? Just when she thinks it might be, Rose is plunged into a terrifying situation. DI Harry Meredith has been investigating the kidnapping of a wealthy diplomat’s daughter. When

Giving Voice

Giving Voice by Ilse Pedler – a fascinating book of poetry with animals, and our love of them, at its core. The poems in Giving Voice celebrate the human-animal bond and also complementary therapies and the place they have in the treatment of animals. The poems have been collected from veterinary surgeons and doctors but also supporters of complementary medicine and poets who feel strongly that they should have the right to choose such treatment

50 Camels and She’s Yours

50 Camels and She’s Yours by Jane Wilson-Howarth, Francoise Hivernel, Stephanie Green, Sally Haisleden and Seeta Siriwardena. Travel comes with challenges as well as delights, and travelling women can face some special issues. The five of us, whose writing has come together in this anthology, have found various means of diffusing awkward situations, and turning tensions around so we enjoy the moment. For Seeta Siriwardena in Egypt it was the kindness of strangers that helped

Revenge – Short Story Competition Anthology 2019

‘Revenge’ was the fantastic theme for our 2019 short story competition. This anthology brings together the stories our members created on this evocative theme. Huge thanks for compiling our latest short story collection to Siobhan Carew and Thure Etzold. Buy our ‘Revenge’ anthology here

Local

Local by Peter Dean – A fantastic book of over a hundred poems. Local is a poetry book collection made up of the best poems from my poetry pamphlets from 2001 to 2016. The poems are, on the whole, not rhyming, although some do tell a story. There is a mix of subjects and styles, and most of these verses have been published in the Cambridge News ‘Poetry Corner’ when it existed. There are over

Shelford/Dove’s Touch

Shelford/Dove’s Touch by Peter Dean – A hugely entertaining double volume of poetry. These two poetry books contain Pam Ayres-like story poems. Some are funny, some more serious, but they’re always entertaining. They are suitable for the whole family to enjoy and cover a wide range of subjects. Dove’s Touch is available as a separate volume, but the two have also been combined into a collection, giving excellent value for money! Shelford/Dove’s Touch two book

Simon L’etoile: Black Widow and Me

Simon L’etoile: Black Widow and Me by Peter Dean – A heartwarming story of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll! Simon L’etoile: Black Widow and Me is the story of a fictional rock band from the 1980s. It is told as a memoir, through the eyes of the lead singer, Simon L’etoile. Following the band and its members through touring and recording, to great success when they play festivals and have chart hits – but