Review of Root: New Stories from North East Writers


My review from The Short Review of short story anthology ‘Root’

The Short Review

ROOT: New Stories from North East Writers
Edited by Kitty Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald’s third anthology for Iron Press.

Iron Press, 2013

Reviewed by Cherry Potts

“‘… Shame you can’t find a good solid man,’ Nan said.
‘You make blokes sound like tower-blocks,’ Mam said.”

iron_-_rootIt is no accident that the cover of this book has a tall building on it. The built environment plays a strong role in several of the stories, as does “The Neighbour”, but despite that there is a heavy dose of the fantastic in this anthology, with child mediums, houses which reject their owners, would-be suicides turning into birds, and casual sidestepping of issues such as a probable murder.

The most fun had is in Angela Readman’s There’s a Woman Works Down the Chip Shop, in which a child interprets her mother’s burgeoning lesbian identity as her being possessed by the spirit of Elvis. It is a…

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