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    The Feathered Man – Jeremy De Quidt

    “The window of Kusselmann’s shop was full of teeth. They were laid out in neat rows along polished ebony shelves, and piled into small mounds in blue and white porcelain bowls the size of your hand.  Teeth.  Hundreds of teeth. And that was just the window. If you were to go inside, you would find even more laid out on cloth lined trays along the counter and in glass-fronted cabinets along the walls.” In a German town many years ago a teeth puller is called to a lodging house. Two of its boarders have died and its time to get some money for their teeth. What the lady who owns…

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    I Predict a Riot – Catherine Bruton

    “It’s been a year since everything happened, but I still have bad dreams. Dreams of last summer – of me and Tokes and Little Pea – in the park, under the arches, racing through burning streets on the night the city was in flames. Its like a movie running through my head- the same on night after night. Then I wake up to the sound of waves and I remember how the story ends.” Amateur film-maker Maggie thinks she is invisible behind her camera, she thinks no one notices when she walks down Coronation Road recording the clashing of culture it presents. When one day she records the start of…

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    Riot – Sarah Mussi

    “Troubled Families ‘Have Too Many Children’  Sky News 2012  Mothers from problem families should ‘feel ashamed.’ They are damaging society and should stop getting pregnant, according to a senior government advisor.  Louise Casey, the Prime Minister’s troubled families’ tsar, has said it is time for the state to intervene. They cost the taxpayer an estimated £9bn in benefits, crime, anti-social behaviour and health care, and one fifth of them have more than five children.” With overpopulation becoming a problem the UK government are proposing a new bill. Every girl of school leaving age who has no guaranteed job prospects or further education plans will be forced into sterilisation. Tia sees the…

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    The Devil in the Corner – Patricia Elliott

    “‘What shall I do, Miss Caseborne? I am penniless. I have nowhere to go.’ I was dry-eyed but my voice faltered. We were sitting in the drawing room of Miss Caseborne’s Boarding Seminary for Young Ladies, surrounded by a press of empty chairs and heavy mahogany furniture. ‘Come, come,’ said my headmistress. She patted her neatly coiled hair. ‘We shall find a position for you. I shall write a reference myself.'” When Maud Greenwood’s father dies suddenly she is forced to start work as a governess. Left with no money and no known family she starts her working life. Two years later she has walked out of two jobs and…

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    Belle Epoque – Elizabeth Ross

    “‘Perfect, just perfect,’ days the stout man. He scrutinizes me, his suit pinching across his rotund torso, and I assume that this is Monsieur Durandeau, but he doesn’t introduce himself. Instead he walks around me in a circle as I stand still and awkward in the middle of the sitting room. A faint perfume lingers in the air.  Perfect: no one has ever described me like that before.” When Maude runs away from her fathers house to escape he fate as the old butcher’s wife she expects to get to Paris and for everything to fall into place. However with no letters of recommendation, no shops will take her on…