The Route Book at Bedtime

‘Adult bedtime books don’t come much better than this.’

‘Exhilaratingly conceived books.’ – Metro

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ISBN: 9781901927429
Extent: 192
Editor/s: Ian Daley

Authors: Michael Nath, M Y Alam, Chris Hill, Pippa Griffin, Louis Malloy, Cally Taylor, Katherine Reed, Sam Duda, Jo Cannon, Sarah Butler, Wayne Price, Dave Pescod

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Presenting twelve bedtime stories for adult reading that capture those moments of deep emotional significance which return to us in our dreams. This nocturnal collection reveals intimate insights into individual fantasy, the pursuit of our deepest desires, the urge to escape, the pull of love, the debris of days.

Book at Bedtime is a title in the Route series of contemporary stories.

‘Adult bedtime books don’t come much better than this. The manner in which each story carries such bountiful emotion over only a few pages makes this an ideal bedtime companion.’ – The Big Issue in the North

‘A twilight dreamscape of hopes, fears, love and loss, The Route Book at Bedtime contains twelve highly individual, contemporary tales, all of which are a reflection of life and truth. A highly enjoyable read.’ – The Short Review

‘If you’re still yet to experience the joys and growing significance of the short story, you’d struggle to find a better place to start.’  – James Hogg

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Story Inspiration Author Interviews - Route Book at Bedtime

The Route Book at Bedtime (Route 22) is designed for adult bedtime reading, a book of 12 stories that aims to capture those moments of deep emotional significance which return to us in our dreams. But what is the story behind the stories? Here 11 of the authors talk about the inspiration behind the work.


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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.

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.

Chris Hill

Chris Hill works in communications and has a background in newspaper journalism as a reporter, news editor and editor. He has won a number of short story prizes including the Bridport Prize and his recent novel The Longing was shortlisted for the Daily Telegraph first novel prize. His story 'So Which is the Way From Here?' features in The Route Book at Bedtime.

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.

Louis Malloy

Louis Malloy works as a computer programmer but prefers to write fiction. His short stories have been published in magazines and he has been placed in a range of competitions, including winner of the New Writer Short Story Prize. His story 'Tragedy of the Commons' features in The Route Book at Bedtime.

Cally Taylor

Cally Taylor was born in Worcester and currently lives in Brighton. She is the author of Heaven Can Wait, a supernatural romantic-comedy (Orion Paperback). Her short stories have appeared in QWF, Etchings, The Lancet ‘Fact to Fiction’ special, Aesthetica and a variety of women’s magazines. Her story 'Imagination Avenue' features in The Route Book at Bedtime.

Katherine Reed

Katherine Reed lives in Cumbria, working for an educational publisher and the National Trust. An evening class addict, she is currently studying ancient history, screenprinting and heritage management. Her story 'Hunter Gatherers' features in The Route Book at Bedtime.

Sam Duda

Sam Duda was born in Norfolk in 1982. He has had stories published in anthologies and literary journals and is currently studying for a PhD in Newcastle. His stories feaute in Born in the 1980s and The Route Book at Bedtime.

Jo Cannon

Jo Cannon is a G.P. in Sheffield. Her stories have appeared in The Reader, Myslexia, Cadenza, Brand and New Writer among others, and in anthologies including Leaf Books. Competition successes include firsts in HISSAC and Writers Inc, and runner up in Fish International. Her story 'Love on the Rocks' features in The Route Book at Bedtime.

Sarah Butler

Sarah Butler writes novels and short fiction. She has been published in anthologies (Route, Tindal Street, Monsoon and Pen & Ink Press) in journals (including and Litro), and has held various residencies, including writer-in-residence on the Central line, for Art on the Underground. Sarah lives in London and runs UrbanWords, a literature consultancy, which specialises in projects using creative writing as a way to explore and question our relationship to place.

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.


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