Today I’m very happy to be reviewing the second volume of Stories for Homes – an anthology in aid of the charity Shelter.
I received a review copy of Stories for Homes.
150 families become homeless in Britain every day. It’s a shocking statistic, and Shelter are working hard to support those families. Their advice, support and legal services help millions of families every year who are dealing with homelessness and bad housing. Shelter also campaign tirelessly to try and ensure that one day, there is no need for their services.
It’s an anthology of stories written by 55 authors, both established and emerging. Each of the stories focuses on the subjects of housing, poverty, crisis and home. The stories look at home and housing from a number of different viewpoints. So in one story you may be reading about a homeless person looking back at memories of their home, another is a story about a mother returning home after spending time in prison. As you can imagine, Stories for Homes is an emotional read. And this begins right from the very first page with a dedication to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
There’s also an accompanying Stories for Homes website which will include a further 29 stories, interviews and articles.
The first volume of Stories for Homes is also still available in both Kindle format and paperback. Volume One of the project raised over £3000 for Shelter, and helped to raise awareness of the issues surrounding housing. Like the first volume, Shelter will receive 100% of the profits from the sale of this book. And this means that buying the book is a great way to support Shelter’s vital work.
“Stories give our imaginations a home. It’s good to see them helping to give people shelter in the real world, too…”
– Joanne Harris, author of ‘Chocolat’
“A cornucopia of witty, tragic, elegant, raw, heart-warming and terrifying stories that take the idea of Home, play with it as only truly talented writers can, and all to help those who have no home at all.”
– Emma Darwin, author of ‘The Mathematics of Love’
A home is something most of us have the luxury of taking for granted but for many it is a grim struggle to obtain what should be a basic necessity. Stories for Homes is a collection of witty, poignant, funny and heartbreaking short stories by fifty five authors, both established and emerging, reflecting the connection between the immediacy of housing crisis and the stories people tell about their lives around and within it. Volume Two of the anthology includes stories, poems and flash fiction and again all proceeds will be donated to Shelter, the charity for housing and homelessness.