Frances M. Thompson

Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel

Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel by Frances M. Thompson
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fiction Fiction, Travel
For readers of:Alice Munro, Aimee Bender, Anita Shreve, Nikki Gemmell, Beryl Bainbridge
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Print Length194 Pages
PublisherBox Plot
Publication DateAugust 2013
About the Book

Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel is a collection of twelve quirky, charismatic and touching tales of travel.

The inquisitive Ruth tells the story of "The Lost Children of Gatwick Airport", in "Max's Holiday" we learn what a seven-year-old boy considers a "proper holiday" to be and "In the Flowers Sleep Tonight", we meet Thomas and Carly, two solo travellers whose paths keep crossing... because that's exactly what Thomas wants. A spontaneous plan to elope is revealed in "The Runaways" and "Homes from Homes" is about the lessons Patricia learns from the hotel bellboy she has a fling with. "Oh, Henry" is the story of how a dream holiday can mean two different things to two lovers and "Katie's Maps" is an offbeat love letter to a vast collection of maps. Extracts from a travel journal tell one woman's life story in "All the Beaches are Made of Pebbles" and find out what Australia and underpants have to do with Claudia wanting to leave her husband of forty years in "The Road is Long".

From the unforgiving Australian Outback to the jagged beauty of the Amalfi Coast, along the pebbled beaches of Brighton & Hove and down the busy streets of late night Barcelona, this collection of short stories highlights how travel intersects and enriches all of our lives, often without us realising it...

About the Author

Frances M. Thompson is an author of contemporary fiction from London, UK.

Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel is her first collection of stories and it was written while Frances travelled the world, spending time in many of the destinations she writes about. Frances enjoys writing about how places and events affect our character, relationships and perspectives.

Since October 2011, Frances has been travelling full-time while freelancing as a copywriter, researcher and travel writer. Frances writes a blog about her many journeys - travelling, writing stories and getting lost in new cities - called As the Bird flies ( She is currently based in Amsterdam where she is working on her first novel and second short story collection.

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