A short story collection full of the emotion, darkness and the unnerving parts of human existence we often prefer to keep hidden – even from ourselves.
Everyone has something that drives them. Terrifies them. Pushes them to extremes. Everyone has something that eats into their existence. Women whose domestic struggles hide much deeper concerns and dangers. An undertaker who goes to great lengths to preserve life as she wants it. A young woman in red who discovers a wolf with a terrible tale to tell. An affair revealed amid night-time tension and the wielding of a cheese knife. Men and women who have to battle the most dreadful parts of existence in silence.
Love, hate, fear, guilt and regret all rear their heads amid the backdrop of apparently ordinary lives, in this emotive and often dark and unnerving collection which houses a number of prize-winning tales, together with never before seen short stories.
Think about it – what, or who, is your reason for everything? And what would you be prepared to do to keep it that way?
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Claire Ladds is an author of short stories and longer fiction with emotive and often disturbing themes. Her thought-provoking work spans the contemporary, the historical, literary fiction and the psychological. Claire’s short stories have been published in literary and mainstream magazines and anthologies in the US, UK and Australia, and online. The Reason for Everything has been thirteen years in the making, and contains some of Claire’s prize- and competition-winning stories, together with new work.
Claire lives in the UK with an ever-growing library of books. When she’s not writing, Claire can be found reading an eclectic mix of fiction (not all at once), watching her ridiculously large collection of Agatha Christie films, or pretending she knows how to do yoga. When all else fails, you’ll find her with a cup of tea and trying to resist a bar of chocolate.