Tales for a Winter Night

Tales for a Winter Night: a collection of short stories by the members of the Perth Writers Guild

This book of short stories was published as a fundraiser in 2010 for the Lanark county snowsuit campaign. The authors printed are Lesley Barton, Gene Bassett, Lucinda Dopson, Helen Gamble, Ken McBeath and Suzy Royle.

The stories vary in length and style. I found some of the writers a bit stodgy and unpolished while others had an easy rythmn and practiced voice in their prose. In particular I enjoyed reading the stories by Gene Bassett, author of Stolen Moments and Tall Tales/Short Stories.  (We have both of these books at LHPL)

There is a brief biography for the individual authors complete with black and white photographs.

The collection is well worth reading and gives the reader a chance to sample some of our local writers. I hope that there will be another collection in the future from this guild.

Review by Christine

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