Today I have an anthology “Nothing Is As It Was” is a book of short stories from a diverse range of authors. This book is available to purchase from Amazon UK in eBook and also paperback format. My thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for my spot and also Retreat West Books for my copy.
A collection of short stories and flash fictions on the theme of climate change from established and emerging authors who all care about our planet.
A schoolboy inspired by a conservation hero to do his bit; a mother trying to save her family and her farm from drought; a world that doesn’t get dark anymore; and a city that lives in a tower slowly being taken over by the sea.
These stories and many more make up a poignant collection that is sometimes bleak, sometimes lighthearted, but always hopeful that we can make a change.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS: Contributors include:
- Cath Barton – winner of the New Welsh Writing Awards AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella 2017 https://cathbarton.com/about/
- Rose McGinty – author of Electric Souk https://www.retreatwest.co.uk/indie-debuts-electric-souk/
- Susmita Bhattacharya – author of The Normal State of Mind
- Weibo Grobler – twice shortlisted for his Flash Fiction and Poetry for the Fish Publishing Prize he has also had various stories published in Molotov Lit, National Flash Fiction Day, Reflex Fiction, Horror Scribes and more
I have not really read much in fiction about climate change so I was very curious when Anne Cater got in touch regarding a review spot for this book. I tend to shy away from anthologies and I really shouldn’t as the ones I have read have been really enjoyable reads.
This book is a mix of short flash fiction stories from a variety of authors. The underlying message is one of the change in our climate. The authors have taken this basis and have created a very impressive range of stories.
The different perspectives and writing styles are a real treat that give so many different angles and provoke different thoughts. Some are very current with mentions of plastic pollution, endangered animals, weather and sea levels. Others have a slightly different approach but still with their feet set firmly within the climate theme.
I was planning on reading a couple of stories over several nights….. yeah right me and planning… I got caught up in this book and read in one sitting. I think what rally made this book for me was the diverse styles from the authors as well as the stories. I found them to be really addictive, concise and to the point at the same time being really well written and addictive reading. They are not preaching for change but highlighting things that have happened or is happening in the world around us.
It would be a misconception to think this could be a sombre read given the subject, but the truth is that it is far from it. Yes there are sombre and thought-provoking undertones but the authors have done a cracking job of keeping the message they are relating and also to be appealing and uplifting to the reader.
Would I recommend this book? Oh most definitely. I think it would appeal to a great many readers as there will something for all within the pages.
About: Retreat West Books
Retreat West Books is an independent press publishing paperback books and ebooks.
Founder, Amanda Saint, is a novelist and short story writer. She’s also a features journalist writing about environmental sustainability and climate change. So all Retreat West Books publications take advantage of digital technology advances and are print-on-demand, in order to make best use of the world’s finite resources.
Retreat West Books is an arm of Amanda’s creative writing business, Retreat West, through which she runs fiction writing retreats, courses and competitions and provides editorial services.
Initially started to publish the anthologies of winning stories in the Retreat West competitions, Retreat West Books is now open for submissions for short story collections, novels and memoirs. Submission info can be found here.
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As I was writing up my review for this book I had the news on in the background. The feature was for Authors4Oceans and how authors, illustrators and publishers are making a contribution to help in the recovery of our oceans. I am doing my bit by using reusable cups, recycling, composting, and trying to limit my plastic use. If we all try then we can make a difference xx
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