Memory Clinic

A shadow government sets sail to discover the whale of Penlan Tork. Clara is desperate to capture all life in her version of Ada Lovelace’s Analytic Engine. The ugliest man in a cave must rescue captives from the Emperor’s mind. Time and again we see the twentieth century through the waspish eyes of Johannes Boanerges’ adoring biographer: modernism, 1968, the house guillotine, Anatolian goats, genocide. A couple enjoy (then regret) kidnapping their gas man. What price a hair cut costing nothing? The beauty of an office scar. Prim-passionate Charlotte exchanges letters with an infatuated Franz. Americans in a Portuguese pool make up some rules with Europe on the brink. The view from a ladder when ivy threatens our street . . . all this, then some more, in Steven Earnshaw’s debut short story collection, Memory Clinic.

Steven Earnshaw’s fiction has previously appeared in The Warwick Review, The Wrong Quarterly, Lackington’s Magazine and Tears in the Fence. Other publications include The Pub in Literature, Existentialism: A Guide for the Perplexed, Beginning Realism, The Direction of Literary Theory, and The Handbook of Creative Writing (editor). He is Professor of English Literature at Sheffield Hallam University, is currently researching a book entitled The Existential Drinker, and lives in Sheffield.

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These are stories about music—about composing it, listening to it, living it. These are stories about people whose lives are haunted and shaped by music. These are stories about music and sex, music and joy, music and memory, music and illness, music and power—and particularly the ways in which music’s tremendous power can be exploited and abused. Above all, these are stories which are themselves musical—which seek in many and various ways to reconnect the language of storytelling with that of song, opera, symphony, of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Dmitri Shostakovich, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Edith Piaf.

Jonathan Taylor is author of the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007) and the poetry collection, Musicolepsy (Shoestring Press, 2013). He is editor of the anthology Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012), winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Fiction Anthology 2013. He is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester in the UK, and co-director of small publisher and arts organiz ation Crystal Clear Creators ( Born and raised in Stoke-on- Trent, he now lives in Leicestershire with his wife, the poet Maria Taylor, and their twin daughters, Miranda and Rosalind. His website is

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Between the Lines


Dashby is an affluent 19th century gent, bored with the tired rituals of courtship and the monotony of a sheltered, privileged life.

Bex is a 21st century party girl, disenchanted by the crude reality of the modern world and searching for a way to belong.

Divided by class, circumstance and an entire century, watch how their stories echo one another, frolic together, and literally intertwine on the page. The constraints of time itself collapse in the wake of true love, in this innovative work of short fiction.

‘Between the Lines is an intricate and beautifully-handled experiment in literary and historical counterpoint—a highly original and poignant love story.’ JONATHAN TAYLOR

‘The writing is beautiful and the form skilful and innovative, and I recommend this original and inventive publication to any reader.’ LOUISE BROWN, Everybody’s Reviewing.

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