Wonderwall (Route 16) was first published in 2005, at a time of an uncontrolled push to global citizenship, this collection of stories looked much closer to home.

‘Some of the best stories I have ever read.’ – BBCi

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ISBN: 978-1901927245
Editor/s: Ian Daley, Anthony Cropper

Authors: Alexandra Fox, Michael Nath, James Nash, Philip Hancock, Crista Ermiya, Tania Hershman, Sarah Butler, James K Walker, Jennifer Moore, Penny Aldred, Carolyn Lewis, Ian Daley, James Bones

Cover Price: £8.99 Web £6.99

The Wonderwall is a spy hole into the world of other people. Meet Bradley, with his pointy shoes and his cloak; witness what transpires with Vernon, the pools-win baby; find out which coffee-shop serves the best scrambled eggs in Antarctica; see George measure his life in terms of how many biscuits he might eat; travel to the beach of the cocco-bella man. A baker’s dozen of wondrous stories that point a finger to the magic that exists within our day-to-day lives, and to the people who matter most, those close at hand.

Wonderwall (Route 16) is a title in the Route series of contemporary stories.


Michael Nath - Significant to Bradley

Short story by Michael Nath. Bradley cloaks his life in mystery and is highly sensitive to his own significance. This delightful character's eccentric behaviour is met with varying degrees of tolerance and appreciation from his colleagues. From Wonderwall. Read by the author.

  • Significant to Bradley (18:58)

Sarah Butler - Rainbows Seen From The Air Are Complete Circles

Short Story. When an older man steals a cinnabar button off a vulnerable young singer’s coat, a strange, ephemeral alliance is formed. She follows him down Kentish Town Road to a house filled with colour and the possibility of change. From Wonderwall. Read by the author.

  • Rainbows Seen From the Air (20:59)
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Reviews for the Route Series of Contemporary Stories


Alexandra Fox

Alexandra Fox is a mother, grandmother, and freelance copyeditor who lives in a small village in the middle of England. She began writing short stories in 2004 and has won a number of literary competitions. Her short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies including Bridport, Fish and Asham. Her story 'The Hand That Whirls The Water' features in Wonderwall.

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.

James Nash

James Nash is Writer in Residence for Leeds University, Faculty of Education, and for High Schools in Calderdale. Route have published a number of James' stories, including two in the collection Four Fathers.

Philip Hancock

Philip Hancock works as a decorator, mainly in London, though he originates from Newchapel, Stoke-on-Trent. He has articles and short stories in previous Route anthologies, including ‘A Damn Good Finish’, which appeared in Next Stop Hope and ‘Mr Sam the Spaceman’ which appeared in Wonderwall. His poems have appeared in: Orbis; The Rialto; Other Poetry; Smoke; South and Smiths Knoll.

Crista Ermiya

Crista Ermiya is of Filipino and Turkish-Cypriot parentage, grew up in London and now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her short fiction has appeared on Pulp.net and in the anthologies Parenthesis (Comma Press) and Tell Tales III. Her story 'Surf Scoter' features in Wonderwall and she edited the mini-collection Skin, which features in Route Offline.

Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman was born in London in 1970 and moved to Jerusalem, Israel, in 1994. Her short stories have won or been shortlisted for various prizes, been published in print and online and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her first short story collection, The White Road and Other Stories, is now available from Salt Modern Fiction. Her stories feature in Wonderwall and Ideas Above Our Station.

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 pulp.net 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.

James K Walker

James K Walker has written freelance and fiction for numerous publications. When James is not writing he likes to play football with the kids on his street, but refuses to go in goal. His stories appear in Naked City, Wonderwall and his mini-collection 'The Three and a Half Day Parent' features in Route Compendium.

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore’s fiction and poetry have appeared in publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Guardian, Mslexia, Short Fiction, The First Line, Pulp Net and Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue. Her story 'Love Thy Neighbour' features in Wonderwall.

Penny Aldred

Penny Aldred won first prize in the Northern Echo/Orange short story competition in 2004. Her stories have appeared in Aesthetica, on BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Reading and turned into live art in Urbis as part of Manchester Literature Festival. She lives in West Yorkshire. Her story 'Rich Tea and Custard Creams' features in Wonderwall and 'It's a Hard Rain' in Ideas Above Our Station.

Carolyn Lewis

Carolyn Lewis runs creative writing workshops in Bristol. She has won a number of short story competitions. Her first novel Missing Nancy was published in 2008 and she completed an MPhil in Writing in 2005. Her story 'Trolley Boss' features in Wonderwall.

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.

James Bones

James Bones is a writer of short stories from Warrington. He has worked in fashion, law enforcement and a comicbook shop. He is a massive Bob Dylan fanboy. His story 'Maggie's Farm' appears in Wonderwall and 'Lifters' in Next Stop Hope.


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