Stories People Tell

Stories People Tell

Stories People Tell front cover  Stories People Tell back cover

The story

Annie Wight, a seventeen-year-old schoolgirl, wasn’t looking for love or notoriety when she got swept up in ‘London Whatever’, a grassroots movement offering support and healthcare to gay girls and women. Yet in the struggle to end violence against women she stumbled on the love of her life and grew to be a key public figure. The movement bore the brunt of homophobic attacks from Nolan Kard, Lord Mayor of London. Rich entrepreneur turned politician known for his off-hand attitude and tasteless humour, he campaigned to ‘Keep London Straight’. Annie became his number one target and that of his rogue police, not to mention his sinister gang of ghostwriters, the nightmare of all his enemies.


William Horwood, the author, amongst other things of the Duncton Tales and the Hyddenworld novels, reacts on Twitter to an early description of Stories People Tell.

Sample chapters

Annie looked up, startled. Nothing ever happened in the East End. She should know. It was her home. Yet, there she was (…)

Annie dumped her bag in the only free space on the tiny kitchen table and sank onto a stool. What had she done? (…)

God was it cold! A biting wind had got up since Annie left the hairdresser’s. She pulled the hoodie tight over her head, (…)

“Poor thing. That’s terrible,” Ayana said, her lips twisted in disgust. “Why don’t you call the police?”  (…)

Getting your copy

The book will be available early 2018. Information on how and where to get your copy will be posted here.

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Other information

The Politics of Elimination – London Whatever striving to strengthen solidarity as an antidote to Mayor Nelson Kard’s war on gay people and the poor.

Climatic finish to Stories People Tell – announcing the end of the first draft and providing a further extract from near the end of the book.

London Whatever! An extract – an extract giving a glimpse of her first public speech to a rally of the ‘London Whatever’ movement.

A new novel – an extract from the current beginning of the draft.

The Stories People Tell – on the omnipresence of stories in our lives and how they make sense of the world but also can lead us astray.

When real-life settings meet fiction – on how the use of real-life settings can enhance a story, including a short extract.

Stories to make sense of the world – spinning stories to help us understand and anticipate how to act.

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