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  • Orion

Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories

Ten irresistible stories from ten bestselling authors - specially written for Quick Reads.

Original stories from Fanny Blake, Elizabeth Buchan, Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Philippa Gregory, Matt Haig, Veronica Henry, Andy McNab, Richard Madeley and John O'Farrell - with special anniversary recipes from The Hairy Bikers.

A young woman with memories of D-Day and a life both dangerous and exciting
A father and son with a shared birthday and deeply held secrets
A single mum taxi driver, whose envy for the rich couple on their way to the Ritz soon changes
The unlikely marriage, born in the depths of war
The Tudor wife receives the ghostly message, 'Never marry a dangerous man'
An agoraphobic widower, unable to visit his wife's grave
The Elvis impersonator who finds hope for a new romance with Marilyn Monroe
The ex soldiers burdened with the consequences of one bad decision
The long-held memories of a wartime tragedy
The anniversary supper which changed the world...

THE ANNIVERSARY - a collection of the very best short fiction around.

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Praise for The Anniversary

  • Matt Haig is a supreme talent and a writer to cherish - GUARDIAN

  • Gregory creates feisty, attractive heroines...vivid and engrossing - DAILY EXPRESS

  • Impressive ... Buchan brings the period vividly to life - SUNDAY TIMES

  • Fabulous ... a happy, liberating read - DAILY MAIL on Fanny Blake

  • Raw and honest ... emotionally engaging and satisfying - DAILY EXPRESS on Rowan Coleman

  • McNab's first-hand army experience shines through this pulsating adventure - DAILY EXPRESS

  • Madeley is a cracking storyteller - EVENING STANDARD

  • Plenty of out-loud laughs is guaranteed. Is John O'Farrell funny? Very - DAILY MIRROR

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Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Little Shop of Happy Ever After and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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