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Mantle Lane Press

Publications
This is a complete list of Mantle Lane Press books. To buy any of these books please click on the relevant section in the 'Categories' menu on the menu bar.

Pocket Books    
The Geometry of Distance Katie Daniels Poetry sequence exploring the breakdown of a marriage after an affair against the background of a family wedding in Brazil.
Behind a Wardrobe in Atlantis Emma J. Lannie A magical collection of short fiction exploring moments within ordinary lives, that are evocative of fairy tale and myth. "A truly remarkable first collection." Ray Robinson
Night Swimming Gary Fletcher A collection of dark, urban tales: the pros and cons of stealing a pensioner, a mother's prison visit, incipient love and roller skating, the guilt of a brothers death, and a past love burnt out by rioting. Stories that deal with loss, longing and hope.
A Far Cry Valentine Williams A Maori granddaughter safeguards her strange legacy, transsexuals beguile tourists in a Cuban park, a migrant Romanian family finds an unexpected new home. In this collection of short stories change occurs in far-away communities, with consequences that are unexpected, far-reaching and heartening. 
Kaleidoscope Sarah Leavesley In this novella, Claire relives her past but her memories are fragmented, shattered like the remains of a toy kaleidoscope. A troubled childhood, the loss of her baby, and the end of her marriage are seen through a distorting lens, twisted and unclear. What really happened?
The Music Maker Liz Kershaw A stranger with a beautiful tenor voice joins a choir and uses his voice to influence some of the singers, in particular a middle-aged woman who has led a blameless life: a ‘good soul.’ The stranger’s takeover leads to an appalling outcome...
Always Another Twist Sarah Leavesley After taking revenge on her boss, Julie has just found out she's pregnant and doesn't know how to break it to her sister Claire, currently in a psychiatric unit following the death of her baby and marriage break-up. A companion novella to ‘Kaleidoscope’.
     
Fiction Anthologies    
What Haunts the Heart Various Fifteen tales of the things that haunt us... ...obsession, regrets, madness, and redemption. A waxwork maker in Victorian Whitechapel receives help from an chilling source; a doomed puppeteer performs in a lonely village; an isolated writer tries to put her life back together. Features stories by Graham Joyce and Ray Robinson.
Mrs Rochester's Attic Various What can Father Divine do when a nun confesses a disturbing secret? How does Eleanor bear watching her old love Paul, hidden as she is at the bottom of his garden? How can Sarah's suddenly bottomless bag be full of bees? The stories in this book explore secrets, doomed relationships, and madness. They all have a hint of the gothic and a tinge of strangeness.
It Came From Beneath the Waves Various A collection of weird sea stories exploring the strangeness lurking beneath everyday reality. Includes 'The Selkie' by Joanne Harris.
     
Poetry    
The Geometry of Distance Katie Daniels Poetry sequence exploring the breakdown of a marriage after an affair against the background of a family wedding in Brazil. (One of Mantle's pocket book range.)
Pig on the Wall Rob Gee Writer and poet Rob Gee, explored Moira in Leicestershire, gathering impressions of the village from local residents who shared memories, anecdotes, and feelings about the place they call home. From these, Rob created this selection of poetry and prose. Includes photographs by Linda Young and historic images provided by Graham Knight, Moira Replan.
My Daughter is a Donington Goth Rob Gee Leicester based writer and poet Rob Gee spent time wandering around Castle Donington in Leicestershire, accosting unsuspecting residents in order to gather their memories and anecdotes about the village. This selection of poetry and prose was created from that material. Includes photographs by Linda Young and historic images provided by Castle Donington Museum and local residents.
     
Local History / Interest    
Wordsworth in Leicestershire Matthew Pegg In 1806 Sir George Beaumont Beaumont invited his friend William Wordsworth to live at Hall Farm, in Coleorton, Leicestershire. At Christmas, the family were joined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose obsession with Wordsworth's sister in law, Sarah, took him to the edge of madness. This illustrated book uncovers the details of this little known period in the lives of the most famous poets of the early 19th century.
Getting the Coal Ed: Jeanne Carswell,
Tracey Roberts
Getting the Coal tells the story of Leicestershire's mining communities, in the words of the people who lived there, from the early years of the 20th century to the closure of the pits in the 1990s. Work and home life, childhood, the perils of toiling underground, sports and pastimes, two world wars, unions and the strikes of the 1920s and 1980s, are all brought vividly to life.
Marking Time: Voices from Bardon Ed: Tracey Roberts Bardon is a lost village of Leicestershire, demolished in 1989 to make way for a quarry and it's inhabitants rehoused. Marking Time is a record of Bardon Village by the people who lived there. Oral history, creative writing and visual art work undertaken with school children all combine to tell the story of the tiny settlement, now gone forever.
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