In 1913, young Irish emigrant Eva Downey is trapped in London with a remote father and hostile stepmother. When she is awarded a legacy from an old suffragette to attend a finishing school in Kent, she jumps at the chance. At the school, she finds kinship and later falls in love with her teacher Christopher Shandlin, her intellectual equal.
But when war breaks out and the man she loves refuses to fight, Eva's fanatical stepsister Grace pushes her to make a choice. She must present him with a white feather of cowardice, or no money will be given for her sister Imelda's life-saving treatment in Switzerland. Caught in a dilemma, Eva must choose - and her decision will have irrevocable consequences for her and Christopher and haunt her for the rest of her life.
A man and a boy knee-deep in water. Father and son? Uncle and nephew? Teacher and pupil? Or perhaps just a kid, lost, tagging on to an adult in the hope that he will be taken somewhere safe, dry?
They are wading away from the light into the darkness and gloom. The unknown. Fear. Hunger. Disease. But they are also wading towards you. They can’t ask for your help. You must choose to give it.
A simple way of doing that is to buy this book. Proceeds go to helping the victims of the Pakistan floods.
Now please take one more look at the cover. And remember, they can't ask...
50 Stories for Pakistan features work by the following authors:
Robert J. McCarter, Joanne Fox, Erik Svehaug, Susan Lanigan, Anne Mullane, Lisa Ricard Claro, R.J. Newlyn, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Martin Webster, Jonathan Pinnock, Trevor Belshaw, Julia Bohanna, Iain Pattison, Laura Eno, Dave Clark, Pam Howes, Alun Williams, Annie Evett, Jennifer Stakes, Rebecca Emin, Marjorie Tolchard, Marit Meredith, Paul Malone, Ewan Lawrie, Jarred McGinnis, Alex Tomlin, Gail Richards, Benjamin Solah, Ruchira Mandal, Alyson Hilbourne, Ramon Collins, Darren Lee, Riaz Ali, Nasim Marie Jafry, Heather Parker, Shazia Bibi, Andrew Parrott, Brigid O’Connor, Rob Innis, Tony Williams, Annemarie Neary, Emma Newman, Robert Long, Beryl Brown, Vanessa Couchman, Joanna Campbell, Sylvia Petter, Rosemary Hayes, Paul Anderson, and Alice Turner.
The introduction was written by award-winning author, Vanessa Gebbie.
In the spirit of Mutation's mission to add to bibliodiversity, the stories selected are from a mixture of authors - both widely published award winners, and new entrants to fantasy.
"Cow Lane" by Chris Amies
"Lorna" by Tom Brennan
"Silenced Songs" by Aliette de Bodard
"Lacuna Blues" by Stephen Gaskell
"Dybbuk Blues" by Richard Jay Goldstein
"Singing Breath into the Dead" by L.L. Hannett
"Figaro" by Jackie Hawkins
"Blue Note Heaven" by David H. Hendrickson
"Blue Sky World" by Andrew Hook
"Fugue" by Gavin Inglis
"The Accompanist" by Susan Lanigan
"Festspeel" by Vincent Lauzon
"Deep Field" by Sean Martin
"The Legend of Left-Hand Lewis" by Maxwell Peterson
"The Three Lilies" by Cyril Simsa
"Star in a Glass" by Vaughan Stanger
"Shostakovich Ensemble, The" by Jim Steel
"Arrhythmia" by Neil Williamson
"Like Clara, in the Movie 'Heidi'" by Jill Zeller