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    Mini reviews: Bully for You by Dawn Porter and Magpie Soup by Dave Cousins

    So on World Book Day there was an app released for many devices which featured a few YA authors short stories. I downloaded the app and when I couldn’t sleep a few nights again thought I’d try a couple of the stories, here are my thoughts.  Magpie Soup by Dave Cousins: It’s Mum’s funeral today. Dad’s completely lost the plot and just tried to go out without his trousers on. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Mum didn’t want a house full of sad people trying not to cry. Which is why I made some alternative arrangements of my own. . . This story was about a girl who…

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    Waiting For Gonzo – Dave Cousins

    “Listen, G – this is important and there isn’t much time. I want you to know what really happened, because things weren’t supposed to end like this. I blame Michael Duchamp, but he’s dead, so there’s not much anybody can do to him now. When he drew a moustache and a goatee beard on a copy of the Mona Lisa – which is probably the most famous painting in the world – he said he did it becuase he wanted to challenge people’s perception of what art could be. He was lying. He did it because if was funny. Moustaches are funny. End of Story  Except in this case, G.…

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    15 Days Without a Head – Dave Cousins

    “The front door slams. Mum’s back. It sounds like a dead body hitting the ground as she dumps her stuff in the hall and goes straight to the kitchen. I hear the thud of a bottle on the table, the crack of the cap, then the slow glug as liquid spills into a glass.” Laurence knows his mum has a problem, but he does the best he can to make sure life isn’t too bad for him and six year old Jay. today is Tuesday, and his mum is in her happy hour, that one hour of good drunk when she will humour Jay and not shout at Laurence, but…