I'm not sure what age group I'd recommend it for - some of the words would suggest an older readership of maybe 10+, but I think younger children would enjoy it being read to them, and even adults may appreciate this fantasy adventure.'
Sabotage Review - http://sabotagereviews.com/2013/09/23/above-the-parapet-by-alison-lock/
'..it?s a series of evocative, emotional vignettes about a variety of (mostly) interesting characters, told with painstaking, utterly engaging attention to detail.'
Reviews by Iain Pattison
'This collection has a strong Eco-message. But the learning and the enlightenment is so far removed from the `Go Thou and Feel Bad About Thy Way Of Life.' Alison has a wicked sense of humour - no better displayed than in `Poetic Licence' where a local postman takes the moral high ground - far, far above us all (and didn't we always suspect that this kind of thing occurs...?)
`Above the Parapet' achieves an unusual balance - subtle and witty for those who are familiar with Alison's previous work - and true, pretty, genius eco-enlightenment for those of us who have only just discovered the Talent Of Lock.
Her stories have an uncanny knack of imprinting themselves upon your brain. But in a positive and uplifting way. Read 'Above the Parapet' and especially 'The Mission'... and I defy you to think of a local village or town sponsored event in the same, 'same old' light..
'Swarm' and 'Where the Blue Line Fades' in Sentinel Champions #10
Swarm and Where the Blue Line Fades won both 1st and 2nd prize in the Sentinel short story competition: judged by Adnan Mamutovic. These are his comments:
The first prize goes to 'Swarm', because it manages to tell a large story through attention to small things. Everyday work of a family becomes a metonym for the mundane lives of a larger population. It is highly suggestive and simple. It gives a sense of both personal intimacies and historical urgency.
The second prize goes to 'Where the Blue Line Fades'. This story takes place at a threshold for the characters. It holds back a great deal of detail and thus creates a sense of the forgetting of the past, while at the same time the memory of it is quite potent and important.
'Run Boy Run' in Sentinel Champions #7.
'Erthenta' Momaya Annual Review
'Apple Tree' - Onward Anthology I
''Eggshell' - Onward Anthology II
'The Cemetery Bus' - Journeys and Places, York St John University 2010
REVIEW of The Apple Tree
I love the subtly of this piece, which doesn't spell out events but allows the reader space to imagine them.
A beautiful and powerful story of loss.
by Shirley Golden