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...
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 (www.asthebirdfliesblog.com). She is currently based in Amsterdam where she is working on her first novel and second short story collection.
"Shy Feet: Short Stories Inspired by Travel transports you to exotic locales without leaving your armchair and leaves you wanting more... Frances M. Thompson has a novel in her and I can't wait to read it." Nathalie Harris, www.acooknotmad.com
"This collection of stories is like a blanket woven from 100% wanderlust under which you can hide as Frances M. Thompson tucks you in with her words and keeps you warm with her descriptions of characters you'll love and places you can tell she knows by heart." Gesa Neitzel, www.bedouinwriter.com
"You know when you're in the airport, mooching around for a good book? Well this is it. So get it before you go and give the airport shop a miss. Whether you read lots or just dabble when you have the time to do so (like when you're on the beach), this is a brilliant read for when you're on your travels. Short stories are easy to dip in and out of, and these tales are full of familiar feeling characters and inspiring journeys." Clare Farrell, www.holidayaddict.com
"The book will certainly appeal to those who like to travel, but the strength of the characters and the way each individual story has been crafted shows that the author has a talent that goes beyond travel writing. Beautifully written with some very clever twists, this is a book I highly recommend." Roy Cavanagh, www.thaizer.com