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Books Editorial

backstories.jpg Backstories by Simon Van Der Velde

Dreamers, singers, heroes and killers, they can dazzle with their beauty, their talent or their unmitigated evil, yet inside themselves they are as frail and desperate as the rest of us. But can you see them? Can you unravel the truth?

These are people you know, but not as you know them. Peel back the mask and see.

Essentially, Backstories is a short story collection with a twist - being - that there’s a famous person hidden in every story. You have to find them. These are well-written, compelling pieces. The subject matter clearly promotes diversity, and 30% of profits are being divided between StopHateUK, Friends of the Earth and The N.E. Autism Society.

“Simon Van der Velde has a distinct genius for impersonating history’s stars and villains; the misunderstood visionaries, the persecuted innocents and the lost. Every one of these characters leaps vividly to life on the page, their voice and mannerisms so keenly observed that they seem to talk to the reader directly through the medium of the book, before hurtling to a sucker-punch twist of an ending that always took me by surprise!” (Kate Horsley, award winning author of The American Girl)

“A thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking read. The theme is original, the writing intelligent and every story keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final line. If you want to know how to write short stories, then read Backstories.” (Graham Jennings, Henshaw Press)

Available from www.simonvandervelde.com