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Little Crackers

Tales from the Edge

  • RRP: £8.99 (print) / £4.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extent: 160 pages
  • ISBN: 9781908643681
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781908643698
  • Genres: Fiction, Mind & body, Short fiction
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  • Publication date: November 6, 2014


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A mother struggles to bond with her newborn baby; a student obsesses about flies spreading their killer germs; an old man is at the mercy of his care home nurse; a middleaged mum mourning her son’s suicide is seeing ghosts. People can look ‘normal’, but often they’re not.

Inspired by the author’s experiences as a nurse over the last thirty years, and written with compassion and warmth, this thought-provoking short story collection explores just what makes us tick – and what happens when the mind falters and breaks down. Obsession, dementia, post-natal depression, psychosis and even murder all feature in this Tales of the Unexpected for the 21st century.

REVIEWS OF Little Crackers

'These short stories are full of surprising twists and unexpected outcomes. They are rooted in everyday experience, but take the reader on a journey through other people’s lives as seen from their unique viewpoints.' - Matthew Bradby, Queen’s Nursing Institute

'These stories challenge the very idea that such a state as 'normal' exists. In Beda Higgins’'s fictional world, conventional life and attitudes are suspect. To be human is to be damaged, and to be damaged is to be human.' -– James Roberston

'Twisted tales… that sting like a papercut.' -– The Crack magazine Read more

'A terrifically dark and frightening collection, Little Crackers jolts with electricity and malice. …hits the bullseye on almost every shot…genuine compassion…intense storylines.' - Mslexia

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  • Rights: Worldwide Exclusive
  • BIC code(s): FA, FYB
  • BISAC code(s): FIC000000, FIC029000

Little Crackers

About the author

Beda Higgins

Beda Higgins is an award-winning author and poet whose short stories have garnered fantastic reviews. Her first collection, Chameleon, received a Read Regional Recommendation and was longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Beda’s three novels have all been highly commended – with shortlistings and longlistings for several prizes. She’s a regular contributor to Independent Nurse and a writing mentor on behalf of several projects.

Praise for Beda Higgins’ previous story collection: “Will have you chuckling or wide-eyed in shock… mixes traditional fairytales with fantastic contemporary punches.”
– The Crack “These stories will delight, chill and haunt you, with much to mull over.”
– Amazon reviewer