Tales from the Edge
by Beda Higgins
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.
Prizes and awards
Longlisted for Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2015 and Frank O'Connor International Short Story Pize 2015LONGLISTED for Frank O'Connor International Award 2015 Other prizes for Beda Higgins:Winner, Mslexia InternationalShort Story CompetitionShortlisted for National Lit IdolShortlisted for Luke Bitmead Prize
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 peoples lives as seen from their unique viewpoints.' - Matthew Bradby, Queens 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