My Fence is Electric by Mark Newman #BookReview #OdysseyBooks #HenryRoiPR #5*

A housing estate is in shock following a child’s disappearance.

A girl and her invisible friend go their separate ways. A father and a son bond over Post-It notes. A single father and his daughter have different approaches to the disappearance of their dog. A father finds his way to coax his agoraphobic son back out into the world.

My Fence is Electric and Other Stories is a collection of award-winning short stories looking at those moments in life that fizz with the electric intensity of change.

A Cracking Anthology!

A fine collections of stories, varying in subject and length with each one more special than the last!

We all know the feeling when something which seems trivial to others becomes the be-all and end-all to us; could you put those moments down in words? I don’t think I could, but Mark Newman has done just that. Bringing every emotion to the fore, this is an incredible anthology which will had me glued to the page from the very first.

It’s no surprise that this is an award-winning author; these are tales of the highest calibre and the writer hasn’t shied away from the harder subjects. I imagine that every reader will find at least two books which touch their sensibilities – I know I did. A cracking anthology, cleverly written by an author who pays attention to the world around him and, in my opinion, easily worth all five sparkling stars.

My thanks to Henry Roi PR for forwarding my copy of this novel; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

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Author Details

Mark Newman has been shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award, highly commended in the New Writer Prose & Poetry Awards and Bristol Prize longlisted. In 2015 he won the Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize and the VCLL Short Story Competition for authors with a Leicestershire postcode. His work has won competitions judged by Alison Moore, Tania Hershman and David Gaffney. He has been published in Firewords Quarterly, Fiction Desk and Paper Swans. He has eight stories, including the title story, in the Retreat West competition anthology “Inside These Tangles, Beauty Lies”.

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