Short Stories

This E-book of three of my short stories, including the award-winning ‘Muse’, is published by Solaris Books and is available for free download in both Kindle (.mobi) and iBook (.epub) formats. Click the cover images to download.

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Kindle (.mobi) format
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iBook (.epub) format

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What’s inside:

KeyboardMUSE: A powerful, emotionally charged story where old lady teaches a young pianist the true, evocative power of music. Winner of the ‘Get Writing’ Prize 2011.

THE OTHER WOMAN: In this light-hearted and amusing tale, a sailor becomes obsessed with restoring a vintage sailboat, which seems to have a character and a mind of its own.

Poppy DaySHORT BURSTS: The poignant story of an elderly veteran confronting his demons in an old people’s home.

Also included in Three Short Bursts are sample chapters of Saxon’s Bane.

7 thoughts on “Short Stories”

  1. Wonderful story! Such a familiar feeling you’ve evoked, being a guest in someone’s home and feeling the “off-limits” pull toward their piano. I appreciate your economy of words describing the setting and mood. And what a worthy challenge, to attempt to convey the very personal, intangible significance of music. Delightful!

  2. Thank you! I really appreciate the feedback. These two characters stuck in my mind after I’d written them, so I’m weaving them into the next book, a time-slip historical novel. There, the house has been in the old lady’s family for centuries, and music has a way of resonating through the generations.

  3. Monday, 14th January, 12.30 p.m. ( could not crack it the first time!)

    It is snowing outside onto the Silver Birches, welcoming their disguise.

    I have just wept at the end of the story. And then smiled at the line – “These doctors don’t know anything.” I agree.

    A poignant story that reminded me of my old Piano Teacher, who twinkled too. Such depth behind the twinkling, you could never be sure what was hidden. And I was only a child.

    I shall read it many times. Only once so far.

    It resounded to the heart almost immediately. Was it you who played? It seemed so.

    A quite beautiful story. Thank you, Geoff.

  4. Geoff, I smiled almost through the entire reading. I felt the romance and passion as keys were struck. I’m glad I found you. I miss my friends at Litopia. My former handle was Iwrite2

    1. Iwrite2! Wonderful to hear from you! I have several other Litopians in electronic contact, and one or two face2face. Can you drop me a line with your email address? Use the contact form on this web site, and let’s take the conversation off line.

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