Essence of Humour – 17 Short Stories
‘Essence of Humour’ is a collection of short stories which brings together the best of humour writing from 17 authors across the globe.
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Stories included: The Hit Man – Chris Cooke, Dear Mrs. Golding – Lorraine Coverley, The Fitting Room – John Malone, Saving Saturday – Arlene Johnson, Fortune Telling With Love Hearts – Paul Warnes, The Substitute – Sarah England , After a While – Peter Lingard , The Marmalade Cat – Raelke Grimmer, The Most Terrible Beast – Khristo Poshtakov , A Test of Friendship – Rosemary J. Kind , The Call Girl – Jaclin Azoulay , The Real Protester – Mel Fawcett , Twinkle, Twinkle – Tracy Fells, Signs – Clive Gresswell , It’s a Dog’s Life – Jackie Tritt , All Talk – Patsy Collins , Bella’s Sparkling Windows – Gill McKinlay
The Call Girl – Jaclin Azoulay
520 words Humour
Frank receives a phone call that brings him to his knees (again).
This story is included in the Essence of Humour collection
Frank, paper in hand on his way to his morning conference in the loo, smiled in anticipation of one of retirement’s little pleasures. He halted as the telephone trilled through the well-upholstered semi, cursing as he retraced his steps to answer it. “Yes?”
Till Death Us Do Part – Jaclin Azoulay
840 words General Fiction / Humour
Is anything stronger than death? Can unfinished business hold us back from the afterlife?
I hear him over the wheeze of the artificial lung and the beep of the monitor. ‘Good afternoon, my dear.’ I see him in my mind’s eye, stooping as he speaks. ‘Oh, hello Mr. Frazer,’ the young nurse opening my window says in her broad accent, ‘lovely to see you. I was just saying to the girls how I missed your special brand of politeness while I was away!’