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December 13 , 2009

Cherries and other stories


It's a long time since Lucy Irvine's autobiographical works, Castaway, Runaway, and Faraway, and her  novel One on One were published.  These books were well received and went on to be best sellers.  Castaway was made into a block buster movie starring Amanda Donohoe and Oliver Reed.

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Since those early days Lucy has brought up a family and now lives the single good life in a yurt in a small Balkan village in Bulgaria.  And it is here that she has written her collection, Cherries and other stories.  Lucy's stories draw on her experiences in her early life in Scotland, her time in the South Seas, and in her present home in Bulgaria.  Her unique eye gives us an insight, through these stories, into the cultures in which she has lived, and is now living.

In the darkly playful tale, Power Shifts in Paradise, the trials and tribulations of a remote Solomon Islands Trader suffering from cabin fever, contrasts with Cherries, a story about the relationship between an expat woman and a Roma matriarch in a Bulgarian village.  The deeply moving Elders, highlights the experience of ageing in a UK Residential Home with that in the Outer Solomon Islands.  And the awkward home truths of a single mother raising her children on a remote Scottish Island in Island Exorcism when a former lover visits, all bring Lucy's storytelling skills to the foreword.

In the foreword to Cherries and other stories Lucy says:

"If anything links the tropical island and Bulgarian stories, it's the theme of individuals or couples living among, rather than with, those of another culture. People on peripheries or in a state of transition. People not quite belonging or not belonging at all."


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