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Porn stars and serial killers, Nazis and nymphomaniacs, hunchbacks and bare-knuckle boxers: just a few of the disparate cast of characters who call the remote moorland community of Fryupdale their home. These 18 short stories reveal the unflinching truths behind their lonely, sad and sometimes hilarious lives - and why the world beyond village limits will always seem so distant.
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About Mark Staniforth

Mark Staniforth is a writer from North Yorkshire, England. His short stories have appeared in internet magazines including Night Train, Eclectica and Southpaw. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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Review by: D. Patrick Morris on July 10, 2018 :
Brilliant. Fun. Bizarre. Delightful. Highly recommend!
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Review by: Hobbe Noxious on June 17, 2015 :
A bizarre slice-of-life, served up steaming on a grimy yellow plate, held out to you by sweaty, hairy knuckles, and smelling faintly of stale whiskey. Dirtier than your own life by half, but somehow feeling just as real.

Dark, sad, and hilarious all at once. I guarantee you'll have difficulty choosing an emotion to apply to any given chapter.

Loved it.
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Review by: Morgan Spenwell on Nov. 21, 2014 :
Wonderful book. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, grimly realistic and deeply surreal. Anyone who's ever been unfortunate enough to have to spend some time in or - God help you - grow up in a going-nowhere town in Great Britain will find the characters themes and settings unpleasantly and hilariously familiar.
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Review by: Alice Huang on June 13, 2013 :
Unusual, fun and different. Amazing that this is free; there should be a charge for this. Or read the first story free and the first half of the second story.
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Review by: JT Pearson on March 9, 2013 :
Cool read. I dug the way these weird stories tied together. I especially liked the alien abduction story about Jason Munt and his girlfriend. It was a good time. Highly recommend. JT Pearson
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Review by: del boy on Aug. 28, 2012 :
I loved this book, it had me in stitches with the humour, and the carry on, with the villagers. I couldn't stop reading.

Recomended to everyone with a sense of humour.
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Review by: Joy Johnson on May 17, 2012 :
On the positive side: The story does seem to flow. The characters are believable, and the plot does seem to work out.
On the negative side: There is a slight problem with repetition of facts such as, "on again off again boyfriend." There is a good bit of foul language throughout, perhaps a bit more than necessary.
Words to the author: This story is good, but the characters' occupations may be a bit hard for your readers to relate to; just something to think about. Overall, I did enjoy it.

Joy Johnson
Freelance Writer
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Review by: Qhaddafy on March 6, 2012 :
Yup, it's different than anything that I have read before, but honestly, I'm not impressed. Probably I'm getting old, or just couldn 't accept radical changes, because everyone else seems to like this book.
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Review by: April H on Oct. 19, 2011 :
This ebook was a must read. A must read because it let's you become a part of multiple 'country folk' characters and their crazy lives. You are able to sit back and accept a "Jerry Springer" type of atmosphere, all while being a part of the cast. I did skip over a few of the short stories because some were in dialogue of conversation format and I found that to be too hard to keep up with, although I do like how all the short stories wind and weave together via characters.
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