short stories by Avril Joy
This collection explores the world of the Costa Prize winning story Millie and Bird: a northern landscape of fragile lives bound by the invisible threads of place.
A soldier flees the enemy, a woman buries a pig, a girl goes in search of her father - these are stories of northern lives, of what is lost and found, and of how we survive. A prize winning collection: these are the people who live in Paradise, their lives fragile, caught like sheep's wool on wire, each with its own unique story and secret heart.
The title story, Millie and Bird, won the Costa Short Story prize in 2012; you can download all the winning stories from the Costa website.
Avril Joy talks about Millie and Bird in her blog.
Published in March 2015
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