Route Compendium

Route Compendium (Route 17) is a riot of contemporary stories that brings together in printed form a series of distinguished collections which were initially published online. Contains probably the funniest story Route has ever published.

‘The sharpest, on the button writing you’ll read all year. Route could soon start taking on a Samizdat level of importance as it quietly ushers in the beginnings of a much needed literary renaissance.’ – The Big Issue

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Book details

ISBN: 978-1901927269
Extent: 156 pages
Editor/s: Ian Daley

Cover Price £8.99 Web £6.99

Route Compendium is a festival of contemporary stories that brings together five of the first wave of Route’s pioneering byteback books, four of which were initially published on and one which is exclusive to this publication.

Inside you will find five distinctive and original collections of contemporary fiction featuring: a showcase of bright young talent; the decorator’s tale; stories of love and the trouble it can bring; modern folk tales and a collection of misfits which includes the most audacious car chase short story that you will probably ever read.


The Trouble With Love – Four stories with love pains.
Old School Ties
– The decorator’s tale by Philip Hancock.
– Four stories with a lust for life.
– Life in 21st Century Britain by the flower of our youth.
Love of the Wild and Wayward
– Mandy MacFarlane’s fables and modern folk tales.

Route Compendium (Route 17) is a title in the Route Series of Contemporary Stories.


Phil Hancock - Old School Ties

Philip Hancock - poet, short story writer, painter (and decorator) – talks about some of the inspiration behind this work, the stories in Old School Ties, his career as a decorator and the development of his poetry from stage to page.

Bloom Writers

All six of the authors featured in the young writers collection Bloom talk about the inspiration for their story and answer a follow-up question. In addition, to get us started, we hear from editor Emily Penn on the inspiration behind the collection and what it represents.


Reviews for the Route Series of Contemporary Stories


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