Novellas from Kath Middleton and Jonathan Hill

In March last year two of my favourite authors, Jonathan Hill and Kath Middleton, collaborated in an unusual writing project. 

They each wrote a novella using the same atmospheric painting as a starting point. 

The novellas were published together in the same volume entitled "Is it Her?" and it was fascinating to read each story inspired by different interpretations of the painting.

You can read more about "Is It Her?" 

in this review from my guest reviewer, Michael Murray (aka he with whom I share my life!)

Towards the end of 2016, while Indie Bookworm was hibernating, 

Kath Middleton published a collection of three novellas just in time for Hallowe'en. 

Each of the three supernatural tales in "Souls Disturbed" is focused on an artefact - an antique mirror, a family heirloom and an ancient well - which has supernatural properties.

The book description tells more: 

THE MOON GLASS
Martin buys an old mirror, but when the moon shines on the glass it’s not his own reflection he can see.
THE MOURNING JEWEL
On her twenty-first birthday, Vanessa inherits her great-grandmother’s pendant. The classic style appeals to her and she wears it constantly – until she discovers her darker inheritance.
THE WELL
While archaeologists dig out the old well in Karen and Ben’s garden, a neighbour’s child goes missing – and Karen can hear a child’s cry coming from the well.
And, yes, the three stories live up to their promise and are as intriguing as they sound.
I particularly like the way Kath Middleton writes about ordinary people living ordinary lives for whom something very out of the ordinary happens.
The author's down-to-earth writing style ensures that the supernatural is completely plausible and very readable.

Three excellent tales with just the right degree of spookiness and well worth reading.


October 2016 saw the publication of "Not Just a Boy" by Jonathan Hill. 

I'd been very impressed with Jonathan Hill's award winning novel "FAG" and his novella "Pride" and was looking forward to reading "Not Just a Boy".
Writing with his usual talent for economy, Jonathan Hill's latest was a poignant tale of an angsty teenager which concluded with an unexpected finale.

From the book description:

When two friends move to a new school, they expect some change but nothing like the events that unfold over several terms.
A schoolboy crush takes hold and refuses to let go, propelling both boys towards a moment so devastating it will change their lives forever. 
The author has created a main character who reveals his confusions and complexities with captivating honesty. Through "the boy's" experiences the reader shares the torment of school based bullying and the difficulties of adolescent relationships with peers and parents.
At the end of the book the writer states his belief that writing should "not only entertain but also enhance and change the way readers view the world". As far as this reader is concerned, that mission was accomplished.

Christmas 2016 brought a short story from each writer.

Jonathan Hill gave us (literally as it was free for a few days) a feel-good comedy short story, "A Christmas Outing".

The book description gives a hint of what is to follow:
It's that time of year again, when Mum insists on dragging us to the Christmas markets. This year is a bit different, though, as my friend Jamie is coming too.
Mum is so stressed about enjoying the evening that she probably won't enjoy it, Dad has conveniently developed a sudden fear of crowds to try to get out of it, and I'm waiting for the right moment to tell them both that Jamie is more than just a friend...
I found the short story to be amusing but insightful and certainly not just for Christmas!

Kath Middleton came up with Stir-up Sunday: a ghost story for the Christmas season.

As tradition dictates, Hannah is making the family Christmas pudding on Stir-up Sunday. Over two hundred years previously, Lizzy had been doing the same job, in the same place, but she stirred up more than a pudding.
Hannah now feels her own life slipping out of her control, as she is drawn helplessly to a Christmas past and its dark secret.
I enjoyed the mix of old traditions in a contemporary setting with an historical tale that has an unexpected ending. Nicely spooky but not too much! A really enjoyable Christmas ghost story.

And coming up to date I saw this on Twitter:

which I shall certainly be looking out for.


You can find details of Kath Middleton's book on her Amazon author page

and books by Jonathan Hill are listed on his Amazon author page. 

You can find my reviews of both these authors' books on these Indie Bookworm pages:

Jonathan Hill

Kath Middleton

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