Bottles and Pots by Jacqueline Pye

I have already read Millie the detective - it's a great book for young readers - by Jacqueline Pye, plus I had read, and enjoyed, a short story, "The Game", she had written that had been published in an anthology so I was eager to read her new collection. Here it is, displayed nicely on my desk!

What I thought:

Jacqueline's newest book is a short story collection of dark tales. It includes flash pieces, as well as longer stories. Some are poignant and thought-provoking, others full of twisted actions and thoughts. I enjoyed this collection but, of course I did have favourites! "Coming To Terms" - a tale of loss, "Cobwebs" - a story of bitter love and retribution, and "The Yellow Satchel" - of twisted love and too-late realisation, were three stories I particularly enjoyed.  "The Game" also features in this collection and is a great read. In fact, there are more than just the four stories I've mentioned which resonate in the mind. Bottles and Pots is an interesting mix of stories that remain with the reader after the close of the page.

The blurb:

Bottles and Pots is a collection of dark tales. They vary from the bitter flash fiction piece Ripples to longer stories about betrayal, jealousy, kicking over the traces and mind games, including The Stones, The Stones and When Virtue Turns to Vice.

Some of these stories have been shortlisted, placed or commended in competitions, and a number have been published in other anthologies, but this is Jacqueline Pye’s first solo collection.

Jacqueline Pye has had her non-fiction writing published, as well as poetry, flash fiction, and stories. Her first children's book, Millie the detective, is available now.

Jacqueline likes - among other things - jellyfish, antique silver, eating, and the theatre. She is a keen vegetarian and has been for 35 years! She loves animals and is a member of the Bat Conservation Trust as well as the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

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  1. I enjoy short dark tales, so will check out Jaqueline's book.

    1. Hi Glynis. Great! It's an interesting collection.


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