Sunday, 4 January 2015
Nine Lives by Terry Tyler
I have to confess that the last time I read short stories were the ones that regularly featured in 70s teen magazines like Jackie and Nine Lives are like the older, more cynical sisters of those stories. Where the teen stories were all aspirational, full of romantic hopes and dreams, Tyler’s are edgy, knowing and lived in. The stories concern themselves with topics such as controlling partners, infidelity and alcoholism. They feel very real which is wholly down to Tyler’s writing style, which is both conversational and instantly accessible. You almost feel as if she is telling you the stories over a glass of wine in the pub. Whether you are a fan of short stories or, like me a bit of a newcomer to them, I recommend that you give Nine Lives a try.