Reviews of my story, 'Suppose I was to tell you ....'

This from the author Susan Elliot Wright, who reviewed my short story:

'The storyline is so compelling and the first-person voice so strong and convincing that this is a short story that definitely leaves you wanting more. Great stuff!'


And then I got an email from a reader, Carolyn Hill:

'By the way, I really enjoyed the stories in Watch & Wait. A wonderful collection of very different but also hugely engaging stories. It was such a pleasurable reading experience. I especially liked yours and have just reread it . I wanted it to continue and feel that there is a novel in there.....what happened to Klaudia, I wonder?'


General Reviews of 'Watch & Wait'

'A Gift for Everyone
Take twenty writers and a good cause. The result is Watch and Wait, a delightful collection of short contributions by novelists, playwrights, poets, screenwriters, and more. They are literary gems.

Watch & Wait includes the dark, the funny, the quirky, the ghostly and the starkly real - all very different, but not one of them dull. I'm not generally a fan of collected works. I like to get my teeth into a good long read, but Watch & Wait is different.
You can dip in or read on, as I did. And then I read it again from the beginning. This is going to be my Christmas present book. A great gift for readers of all tastes and ages.
The profits from the book go to The Lymphoma Association and all contributions have been freely gifted by the authors. What a wonderful idea.'
Jenny Rodwell, author of 'The Ophelia Box'

'A Worthy Cause and a Great Read
This is a lovely anthology, the purchase of which also contributes to a good cause. There are some fine writers here, including Ruth Valentine, Lesley Glaister, Ian McMillan and Henry Shukman. The voices are diverse, moving, funny and warm in turns. Many surprises and much to enjoy.'

Tamar Yoseloff, poet and tutor:


'Beautifully Written
There are some real treats in this collection.
Bill Allerton has written a magical story (Red Stripe Candy) about nostalgia, death and second chances. His intriguing central character, the elderly Miss Virna, belligerently sticks to routine in a house shielded from time – until a man from her past unexpectedly appears. This is an evocative story, beautifully written.

In 'Fire', a moving story by Ruth Valentine, a man sets fire to himself in a cafe. The cafe is owned by Michael and Ruth brilliantly captures Michael’s increasing preoccupation with the stranger he was unable to help. This is thought-provoking story about community and the ties between all of us.'
Ms J South, author.