Quick Change comprises 20 very short stories ranging from 100 to 1000 words in length. Each story turns the spotlight on a particular moment of change, whether physical, emotional, or psychological.
To add shape and order to the collection, the stories are arranged in chronological order by age of a key character in each story, from new-born baby to the newly deceased.
The latest edition contains an additional two stories celebrating the British public library service – “Please Remain Silent for the Benefit of Other Library Users)” and “Upwardly Mobile”.
Quick Change was honoured with a mention in the prestigious Indie Picks feature in The Bookseller magazine in May 2015, and I was also invited to read one of the stories, “The Alchemy of Chocolate”, at the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2016 as part of the Stroud Short Stories Greatest Hits event, a sell-out success.
HOW TO ORDER (available in paperback and ebook)
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WHAT READERS SAY
“A book of tiny gems. Debbie Young’s attention to detail brings the extraordinary out of the everyday.” – Calum Kerr, Founder of National Flash Fiction Day
“Sly, witty, surprising, and the twists are genuine twists. The characterisation is lovely, very deft and economical. They make domesticity look edgy, sometimes dangerous, but they are also life-affirming.” – Lucienne Boyce, novelist
“Very subtle, very English, very clever. I also loved the overall idea, the way the stories went from infancy to old age, shedding a revealing light on each stage.” – Marius Gabriel, novelist
“A joy to read, absolutely delightful!” – Georgia Rose, contemporary novelist
“The language reveals a sharp intellect and a broad knowledge.” – Mari Howard, contemporary novelist