Firecracker

Firecracker – a pink and yellow toy koala bear – who glows orange when she learns something new – is lost by her young owner, Daniel, on a hillside in bonnie Scotland. Firecracker’s first instinct is to look for eucalyptus leaves, the food that koalas love to eat. By gum,…

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Ruth (Extract Three)

RUTH a novel by Pat Mosel EXTRACT THREE As I careered down the hill it was starting to get dark. I could see the lights on in the house but I didn’t go straight there. Instead I circled and danced on the rough grass in my flimsy sandals. It was…

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Ruth (Extract Two)

RUTH a novel by Pat Mosel EXTRACT TWO The young African man sauntered out of the office and came to the only pump on the forecourt in order to serve me petrol. Masvingo, which was then called Fort Victoria, was the meeting point for an armed convoy that was to…

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Ruth (Extract One)

RUTH a novel by Pat Mosel EXTRACT ONE On the Thursday before the party, when the murder happened, my son, Nicky came into the kitchen. “Whoa!” he called and slid onto his buttocks on the wet floor. I left off cutting circles to make scones and helped him up. “You…

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JERUSHA’S TRICKS

JERUSHA’S TRICKS a novel by Pat Mosel PROLOGUE Jerusha’s Tricks APRIL FOOLS’ DAY 2010 Prologue DIGGING THE HOLE ‘… but you must. You know the rules,’ said Jerusha. She lounged back on the chaise longue, sloping so that her feet lightly touched the floor. Voluptuous curves outlined her figure. By…

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Into the Eyes of a Cat

Into the Eyes of a Cat Its eyes haunted me. They were wild with an anguish I’ve never seen before. Not a dull pain. They were alight with the torment of its life, with accusation and anger. They signalled revenge. And you tell me you want stories of hope. The…

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THOUGHT FALLS

THOUGHT FALLS ‘There is peace here Let your thoughts fall’ Fall out of my mind Anger, worry, painful thoughts Fall as a leaf falls Dry, brittle, old Still Lying at rest on the stone mosaic No longer hanging No longer attached Belonging but not belonging Leaving behind Other leaves, other…

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BULL’s HIT

BULL’s HIT by Pat Mosel ONE Jackie Bull says that the man in black thinks he’s king. Tom Bull says that rings true. The man in black has a big life-vest, all padded skin tacked neath his chest. He rolls his eyes when he looks at you, and floats. They…

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