Five by Five: Short Stories by Joan Taylor-RowanFive by Five: Short Stories by Joan Taylor-Rowan

Five by Five: Short Stories

byJoan Taylor-Rowan, Katy DarbyEditorCherry Potts

Paperback | July 19, 2018

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As part of our celebrations of the centenary of some British Women getting the vote, a showcase for five authors Arachne Press has published previously in anthologies, giving a wider perspective on their writing with five stories each. The collection as a whole has a tendency towards fantasy and magical realism, with unforgiving reality tempered with warmth in Guatemala in Cassandra Passarelli’s (Liberty Tales) stories of overweight truckers, pregnant teenagers, pilgrimages, stolen children and stolen toys.

Katy Darby’s (London Lies, Stations, Shortest Day, Longest Night) SF and historical stories – future where hygiene is everything, an historical murder, a spectacularly disturbing bedtime story, an inconvenient ‘miracle’ and an illicit meeting.

Joan Taylor-Rowan’s (London Lies, Lover’s Lies, Stations) acid humour and modern desperation as characters make new lives ‘Down From London’, or as stowaways in a central London Department store.

Sarah James’ (Longest Day, Shortest Night; Vindication) elliptical poet’s sensibility of Elegant twists and restraint brought to flash fiction.

Helen Morris’ (Liberty Tales, Solstice Shorts) ability to get to the heart of a story, with wide-ranging emotional rollercoasters of  trolls outwitted, drunken boat trips, world domination and the heart ripped out of a family to make you laugh out loud or weep inconsolably.

Each of these writers has featured in Arachne Press anthologies. We liked their work so much we asked them to send more. This is the result.

Cherry Potts is the author of two collections of short stories: Mosaic of Air (republished by Arachne Press in 2013, and Tales Told Before Cockcrow (currently out of print); a photographic diary of a community opera The Blackheath Onegin, and a fantasy novel, The Dowry Blade (Arachne Press 2016). Cherry has also had several stories in ...
Title:Five by Five: Short StoriesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:194 pages, 7.81 × 5.06 × 0.41 inShipping dimensions:7.81 × 5.06 × 0.41 inPublished:July 19, 2018Publisher:Arachne PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1909208612

ISBN - 13:9781909208612


Table of Contents


Joan Taylor-Rowan:
The Dress
Bitter-sweet, Like Pomegranates
Never Knowingly
The Bet

Katy Darby:
The Tyburn Jig
The Nuisance
The Co-respondent

Sarah James:
The Trouble with Honey
Our Skinny Dragon
Not Running
Out of The Box
The Last Red Cherry

Cassandra Passarelli:
The Waiting Room
The Black Christ's Modest Miracle
The Pineapple Seller


Green Peaches

Helen Morris:

Simon Le Bon Will Save Us

Telling the Bees