The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening

Paul A. Mendelson

Paul A. Mendelson

Stories don't emerge out of thin air. They're inspired from what we see, what we hear and most importantly, what we experience. Sometimes they're funny, sometimes moving, often plain weird. All a writer has to do is – listen.In this intriguing and occasionally surreal volume of novellas and shorter fiction, BAFTA-nominated screenwriter and acclaimed novelist Paul A. Mendelson explores with humour and pathos how our worlds make us so vulnerably human. A volunteer on a helpline hears a voice at the other end that changes her world forever...A failing scriptwriter tries to sell his mad movie to a famous director by pretending it's the story of his life...A proud Scotsman wakes up after a mild stroke to discover he has turned English...A middle-aged man whose young father died before he was born meets his long lost parent in a dusty attic...A husband leaves his wife forever – until he realises he has left his precious watch behind...Paul A. Mendelson has created several...
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A Meeting in Seville

A Meeting in Seville

Paul A. Mendelson

Paul A. Mendelson

A Meeting in Seville follows a couple whose marriage is on the rocks. They return to Seville on Semana Santa (Easter) for a 'second honeymoon', a gift from their daughter, only to encounter their own younger selves, on their first honeymoon exactly 30 years earlier. William Sutherland (53), is stressed, work-obsessed and alienated from his vibrant Spanish wife Luisa (52), whom he suspects of an affair with old friend and current business partner Sandy. He could do without a 30th anniversary gift from their concerned daughter. When they encounter their happily-honeymooning selves, (Will 23 and Lu 22) they think they've gone mad. Somehow two worlds have collided in this unchanging city – yet the only element of the other era is that the two couples can see each other.William and Luisa recognise 'themselves' but the youngsters think they're simply a nice if fractious couple here in Seville in 1988. William is drawn to the appealing young woman his wife once was. Whilst...
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