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Kiss and Part

A collection of stories by

What does it mean to 'kiss and part'? This collection of previously unpublished short stories from a stellar list of contemporary women novelists is a literary celebration of the spirit of place.

Each contributor shares one thing in common - they have all stayed at a small cottage in the village of Clifford Chambers near Stratford-upon-Avon, courtesy of a trust set up to provide women writers with ‘a room of one’s own’, as Virginia Woolf put it.

Clifford Chambers was the home of the Jacobean poet Michael Drayton, who incorporated the phrase ‘Kiss and part’ into a sonnet. Each of the ten short stories in this collection takes this as its theme and the result is wonderfully eclectic mix of storytelling of the highest quality.

All royalties go the Hosking Houses Trust to further encourage women’s writing.

Contents List

‘Kiss and Part’ by Michael Drayton
Introduction by Margaret Drabble

Buck Moon Marina Warner
‘A Merrie Meeting’ Salley Vickers
The Incumbent Elizabeth Speller
‘Colossal Wreck’ Maria McCann
The Visitation Maggie Gee
And the River Flows On Joan Bakewell
The Creature Jill Dawson
The Turn Catherine Fox
The Fabric of Things Jo Baker
‘Place of Dreams’ Lucy Durneen

The Writers
Afterword by Sarah Hosking
Acknowledgements of Photographs

Genre: General Fiction

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