Heather Reyes

Talking it over with Genghis Khan

... The colour of '33

After uranium

... Do kittens dream in primrose?

A grandmother's green should be reseda

... Terrible tales of time and tide

One magenta sock

... Kant's day off


... 'Say "Hello" to the fairies, Karl'

Nietzsche, my darling

... Feathers

Pictures for an exhibition

... Looking for Little Miss Universe

Mr Davidsbündler comes to call (or 'If on an autumn morn a traveller')

... Pink

Speak, Gargoyle

... Big 'D' Gang (or 'The Case of the Double Quincunx')

I liked my Bible because it had a lilac cover

... Where did you put my khaki shorts?

Hello, indigo

... The meaning of geranium

In the bruise-coloured night

... Come back, lapis lazuli, all is forgiven

The hidden life of carmine

... Remembering saffron

The shock of pink grapefruit

... The lavender bride

Cerise: yes

... Campaign for more topaz

But is it periwinkle?

... A moth-coloured nap

Reasons to be purple

Many of Heather Reyes's short stories share a connection with paintings (and painting titles) by Paul Klee, Matisse and Kandinsky. Full of verve, wit and intimacy, her superbly quirky, mischievous and colour-filled stories show how our daily lives are richer, stranger and more dangerous than we know.

Why is Genghis Khan on little Eva's bed? Who painted 'Only connect' on the Ritz? What does a gargoyle have to say about the world? Did Mr Davidsbundler really come to call? In the world of Heather Reyes's Talking it over with Genghis Khan the answers are as unexpected as the questions.

Her short stories have appeared in many UK and US literary magazines including Fiction International, Ambit, Philosophy Now and Mslexia.

Heather Reyes is the author of three novels - Zade, Miranda Road, and Perfectly Fine, along with two books on reading - An Everywhere: a little book about reading and Book-worms, Dog-ears, and Squashy Big Armchairs: a book-lover's alphabet.

'Moves, amuses and provokes.' The Independent on Zade

'Rich, poetic, painterly, wise and tender.' Maggie Gee on Miranda Road

'Hugely readable and quietly profound ... lyrical and deeply moving.' Beatrice Colin on Miranda Road

'A brilliant guide to the city of books ... I love Heather's passion for reading and the blend of erudition and intimacy.' Helen Dunmore on An Everywhere: a little book about reading

Heather Reyes is a writer and creator of the city-pick urban anthology series. She has published both fiction and non-fiction: Zade, Miranda Road, Perfectly Fine, An Everywhere: a little book about reading and Book-worms, Dog-ears, and Squashy Big Armchairs: A Book Lover's Alphabet. Her short stories have appeared in a wide range of publications in the UK and USA, along with articles on the work of avant-garde writer Christine Brooke-Rose, the subject of her PhD.

She has worked as an English teacher and editor, and lives near London.

Fiction/ Short Stories 978 099263649 4

Published 8 October 2015

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