Stories for Homes 2 Now Available to order

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Stories for Homes 2 has landed in the Amazon Kindle store and is available to buy now. It costs £5.99 and every single penny of profit goes straight to Shelter.

Click here to buy Stories for Homes 2 

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Cover reveal for Stories for Homes 2

We are absolutely delighted to reveal the cover for Stories for Homes 2. The original artwork was painted by Sally Swingewood. The cover design was produced for us by the very talented Lucy Llewellyn at Head & Heart Book Design. We are incredibly grateful to Lucy for donating her time and immense skill to the project.

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Stories for Homes 2 eBook to be published 28th September 2017

We are delighted to announce that Stories for Homes 2 will be available as an eBook from 28th September 2017. Paperback publication is planned for November.

A huge vote of thanks must go to the entire SfH team who have been beavering away to make this possible.  The editing, proofreading and digital conversion have all been done by our fabulous volunteers, donating their considerable skills and experience to the cause. We also have stunning original art work for the cover – look out for the reveal soon!

We’ve had amazing feedback and endorsements already from readers with advance copies of the book. This is a truly remarkable collection of new writing for a very special cause.

 

 

Stories for Homes 2 now in production

We are delighted to announce that Stories for Homes Volume 2 is now in preparation. We plan to launch the e-book in September 2017 and a paperback version in November 2017. Just as with Stories for Homes 1, all profits will go directly to Shelter.

We received an amazing 256 submissions for the new anthology. The standard of submissions was incredibly high and the selection process tough. After much deliberation, 55 pieces have been selected for inclusion in the anthology. We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who submitted for their generosity in offering to donate their work for this very important cause.

With so many quality submissions, it was inevitable that some excellent writing wouldn’t make it into the anthology. We are delighted to announce that we will be publishing a further 29 stories on this website in the months leading up to the publication of the anthology, and beyond. Check back here for updates on when these stories will be available.

We will be busy at work over the next few months making this anthology the best we can – many people are donating their skills to ensure the quality of the finished anthology is impeccable.

Here are the 55 accepted stories, laid out in their running order and ready for copy edits. If you can’t wait to read them, don’t forget that Stories for Homes 1 is still available to buy in paperback and e-book here and all proceeds go to Shelter.

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Latest news on Stories for Homes 2

The Stories for Homes 2 Anthology is under production, the editors hard at work in partnership with the selected authors. Meanwhile, we are proud to announce that the Online Anthology is now live. New stories will be added weekly – click here to read them.

We are also adding new real life stories of homelessness and housing crisis – you can read these moving accounts here.

 

The Edge of the World – Jo Lidbetter

The edge of the world. That’s how she thought of it. She sat in the doorway looking out to a life that wasn’t hers…

…At least in the heat, people would come around more. They couldn’t travel so they came by for a chat and a smoke. The creaking from below was comforting too: a slow rhythmic groan from the wooden struts that kept the house away from the ground and dry when the rains came. Someone was in the hammock below the house, swaying gently, keeping the air moving. She listened for a moment, her head on one side. There was a gentle snoring but that was probably just one of the dogs. She could picture the hammock. When threads snapped it’d be brought up to her and she’d twist some cotton into twine and knot it back into shape. The kids would come and sit at her feet while she did this. Well, not at her feet, obviously, but next to her, teasing each other before leaping back out into the sunshine. Into their world and out of hers.

Her world was now this little house.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.

Consequences – Debs Riccio

This is the worst part. Actually, on a scale of one to ten, this is nine. Ten is when I have to bring them back.

The woman who answers the door on the second ring of the bell is, as always, beautifully dressed. A cream outfit, probably designer, I don’t know; I’m not a dedicated follower of fashion, but Fran is. Her hair is smoothed back from her face and her skin is shining with health. She could be a model. And she knows it.

“Harry, Georgia, Daddy’s here!” she announces into the immaculate hallway…

…I take in a deep breath, smile and rock back on my trainers for the wait. They never stampede to the door to greet me. They’re not allowed to run in the house – something about damaging the weft of the pile on the carpets. She never used to worry about the runner in the hallway where we used to live. But that was before.

 

If you’ve enjoyed this snippet and would like to read the rest of the story, why not purchase a copy of the book? The Stories for Homes anthology, containing 63 stories and poems by both award-winning and yet-to-be-published authors became a bestseller AND all royalties go to the charity Shelter.