Bonne Route

Bonne Route (Route 19) is a book of twelve short stories that focus on the small moments in our lives that can lead to wholesale change.

‘Short stories don’t have to tackle big events to make a big impact.’ – The Crack

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Book details

ISBN: 978-1901927344
Extent: 192 Pages
Editor/s: Ian Daley

Authors: Paula Rawsthorne, Wayne Price, Dave Pescod, Michael Nath, Sophie Hannah, Pippa Griffin, Carla Gericke, Anthony Cropper, M Y Alam, Alexis Clements, Ian Daley

Cover Price £8.99 Web £5.99

Bonne Route is a book of stories that wander off the beaten track. Short, sharp and full of surprises, these stories reflect on moments which change people’s direction in life.  Heart-warming and spirited, this collection of modern tales illustrates that it is often the smallest of things that lead us on to a different path – a joke, a letter, a photograph, a drink, a dream.

Bonne Route (Route 19) is a title in the Route series of contemporary stories.

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Pippa Griffin - Next Door

Short story. A couple on holiday lay awake at night and listen to the couple next door having sex, prompting each of them to consider their own relationship. From Bonne Route. Read by the author.

  • Pippa Griffin - Next Door (15:44)

Wayne Price - There is a Saviour

Short story from Bonne Route. Leyden, divorced and in a quarrelsome relationship with his student son, reluctantly embarks on an embarrassing cross-country drive from Edinburgh to Kettick in the rain to move his son’s sixteen year old live-in girlfriend back to her father. From Bonne Route. Read by the author.

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Paula Rawsthorne

Paula Rawsthorne’s tale ‘The Sermon On The Mount’ was a winner of the BBC Get Writing competition and was read by Bill Nighy on Radio 4. She has written a play for children’s theatre and performances for a Notts heritage festival. Her story 'In Attendance' was published in Ideas Above Our Station and 'The Accessory' in Bonne Route.

Wayne Price

Wayne Price was born in South Wales and now lives in Aberdeen. He has published short stories and poetry in a number of anthologies and literary journals in the UK, Ireland and America and has been a prize-winner in several international short story and poetry competitions including the Bridport, the Fish Publishing Prize and the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Aberdeen. His stories feature in Bonne Route and The Route Book at Bedtime.

Dave Pescod

Dave Pescod studied visual arts and began writing jokes for radio and television. More recently after completing a Royal Literary Fund Mentor scheme he started writing prose. He has had stories published in magazines and broadcast on Radio 4. His debut collection All Embracing and Other Stories is published by Route. His storie feature in Bonne Route and The Route Book at Bedtime.

Michael Nath

Michael Nath was brought up in South Wales and Lincolnshire. He is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Westminster. His major teaching and research interests are in Creative Writing and Modernism, as well as in Shakespearean Drama. His first novel, La Rochelle, was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. La Rochelle is his first novel. His stories also feature in Wonderwall, Ideas Above our Station, Bonne Route and The Route Book at Bedtime.

Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah is a bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thrillers are published around the world in many languages. Sophie’s fifth collection of poetry, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 TS Eliot Award. Her stories feature in Ideas Above Our Station and Bonne Route.

Pippa Griffin

Pippa Griffin discovered the joy of the short on the long commute between Bedford and London, before moving to the capital fifteen years ago. She was longlisted for the 2006 Fish International Short Story Prize and was published in The Mechanics Institute Review (Issue 5). She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. Her stories feature in Bonne Route and The Route Book at Bedtime.

Carla Gericke

Carla Gericke was born in South Africa, raised by diplomats, and has lived and travelled all over the world. She moved to America in 1995 after winning the green card lottery. Carla is currently living in new Hampshire and is the Program Manager of the NH Writers' Project. Her stories appear in Bonne Route and Route Offline.

Anthony Cropper

Anthony Cropper is the author of the short story collection Nature's Magician and has published two novels, Jack and Sal and Weatherman. He has co-edited three collections of short stories, Next Stop Hope, Naked City and Wonderwall. In 2005 his play, I'll Tell You About Love, won the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama.

M Y Alam

M Y Alam is the author of three novels, Annie Potts is Dead, Kilo and Red Laal. He has had several short stories published and is the editor of Made in Bradford and The Invisible Village. He is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Bradford.

Alexis Clements

Alexis Clements has won a number of awards for her writing for the stage, including the Oglebay Institute’s 2006 National Playwriting Contest and the Source Theatre’s 2004 Washington Theatre Festival Literary Prize. Her story 'Aubrey' appears in Ideas Above Our Station and 'Persistence' in Bonne Route.

Ian Daley

Ian Daley was born in Featherstone, West Yorkshire. Destined for a life working underground, he left school during the miners’ strike of 1984 and somehow became a book publisher. He is the founding editor of Route and lives and works in Pontefract.


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