A collection of stories from Michael W Thomas. A treat in store.
A review of ‘The Portswick Imp’:
5* Amazon Review from E.M. Eames
“This is a fine collection of humane tales by a consistently excellent author of both prose and poetry.
The title story was the first to grab me, and I was delighted to find that all the other pieces matched it in quality. Thomas has perfected a blend of quiet humour and telling social commentary. These are timeless tales.”
Past, present and future meet throughout Thomas’s stories, and the meetings are not without consequence. There is humour, too, and the chance for the reader to alight in different places at different times. Sunny San Gimignano. The Black Country at the lowest season of the year. An Irish farm circa Sputnik and The Twist. An England undone by humanity; another England undone by the inexplicable. A Midlands town seen through Grenadian eyes. A Welsh landscape in which man becomes shadow, shadow becomes nothing at all. With a quality that has ensured the publication of Thomas’ writing in titles as diverse as The Antioch Review, Muscadine Lines, Under The Radar, The London Magazine and the TLS, the stories in The Portswick Imp open up lives in all their ordinary improbability. Here, so often, is a desperation that refuses to be quiet but also an acceptance—laughing or simply wide-eyed—of a world where, in the words of one character, what is to come can feel like “the first yard of a desert” or, in the words of another, “the proper start.”