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Stories People Tell

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Secret Paths Editions
  • Language: English
  • First edition: February 2018
  • ISBN-13:  978-2940553099
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches

Who will tell the stories of those that don’t get told? We will!

Stories People Tell is a tale about Annie Wight, a shy schoolgirl who, despite sustained, cruel treatment and personal doubts, blossoms into a major voice in the grassroots movement ‘London Whatever’ celebrating gender diversity while struggling to end violence against women and care for the weak and marginalised.

Annie wasn’t expecting to stumble on love or notoriety when she got swept up in ‘London Whatever’. Nor could she have known that, right from the outset, she would become the number one target of Nolan Kard, the homophobic Lord Mayor of London. who was campaigning to ‘Keep London Straight’. She bore the brunt of attacks from his rogue police, not to mention from a sinister gang of ghostwriters, the nightmare of all Kard’s enemies.

Sample chapters can be accessed here.

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The Starless Square

  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Secret Paths (Published March 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-2-940553-06-8
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm

A weekend of joyous festivities! Such was the Theosophy department’s response to a group of fanatics bent on destroying their reputation and having them shut down. Theosophy? Professor Rafter, head of the department, calls it “the study of our direct relationship with that which is beyond and above the normal range of human experience”. He could just as well have been describing the adventures of a group of young friends who have been called back from their travels in another world to defend their department with their new-found abilities. But how could entrancing singing or breath-taking storytelling or exquisite cooking possibly stand a chance when pitted against the evil black cloud that threatens to obscure the Starless Square?

The Starless Square is the third book of The Storyteller’s Quest by Alan McCluskey.  The first book, The Reaches, was published in April 2011. The Keeper’s Daughter is the second book, published in November 2011. The fourth book, The World o’Tales, is currently being written.

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In Search of Lost Girls

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Author: Alan McCluskey
  • Publisher: Secret Paths
  • Language: English
  • Publication: August 2014
  • Cover displayed: Print cover
  • ISBN-13:  978-2-940553-00-6
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches

If you listen carefully you can just hear the mournful tolling of a convent bell over the shuffle of girls’ feet as they traipse to Mass, nursing bruises and a numbing despair. No one cares. No one is there to stem the torrent of injustice and abuse. They are lost and forgotten. In another world, the walls of the cathedral still reverberate to the sound of angelic singing as the mourners make their way to the exit, heads bowed, voices hushed. If only they knew that those girls who delighted them with their music were really boys in disguise, sanctity would flee in the face of raging indignation. The scene is set. The author picks up his pen with trembling fingers and begins to write.  Time to tear Kate and Peter apart. The thought of making her life hell has him dribbling in anticipation. He ought to know better. Things rarely turn out as an author expects.

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Boy & Girl

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Secret Paths
  • Language: English
  • First edition: September 2012
  • Revised edition: September 2014
  • Cover displayed: Revised print edition September 2014
  • ISBN-13:  978-2-940553-03-7
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches

When Peter awakes in the head of a girl, he is both delighted and alarmed that his secret yearnings have become reality. Very quickly, however, his error is apparent; this girl is not him. Kaitling –that’s her name– is twelve years old, like him. She’s the daughter of a magician, a prominent figure in another world. Boy and girl travel back and forth from each other’s minds, but have little time to get acquainted before Kaitling’s island is overrun by warrior priests and she has to flee. At home, a conflict erupts in Peter’s family forcing him to take refuge at a friend’s place. Meanwhile at school, a haughty new girl goads him about his girlishness and, spitting in his face, vows to rid the earth of people like him. The stage seems set for a desperate struggle to survive, but will ingenuity and youthful fervour be enough against folly and fanaticism?

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The Keeper’s Daughter

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Secret Paths (Published November 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-2970075639
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches

It wasn’t Brent’s fault if he was stuck in the form of Jake the Owl, at least he didn’t think it was as he sat on a branch preening despondently. The threads of all his stories had become inextricably muddled in his owlish head. To think that he’d once prided himself on being a storyteller. His stories had become adventures and some of those adventures had become nightmares, and now he was stuck with them. He’d flown in search of his friend and lover, Mia. She’d been dragged off by a band of thugs just when it was time for them all to return to their world. Only Sally, their mutual friend and lover, had made it back from the world of the Reaches to their hometown of Avan. Hearing her story, despite the dangers she’d had to face, her friends suggested Sally teach them to travel to the Dream Realm and beyond to the Reaches. The idea appealed to everybody. Not that Sally knew how to get back to the Reaches, but the idea of a ‘dream class’ as they called it pleased her and, above all, she wanted to return to the world where her newly-found half-sister lived and where her two friends had so abruptly disappeared.

The Keeper’s Daughter is the second book of The Storyteller’s Quest by Alan McCluskey. It will be available in November 2011. The first book, The Reaches, was published in April 2011. The third book of the series, The Starless Square, is finished but not yet published and the fourth book, The World o’Tales, is currently being written.

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The Reaches

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Secret Paths
  • First Edition: April 9, 2011.
  • Revised edition: August 2011
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-2970075684
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches

The quiet town of Avan with its port, its provincial university and its conservative seafaring folk would hardly be the place you’d expect to run into an adventure and frankly neither Brent nor Sally nor Keira were going out of their way to have one. At least nothing more than the occasional torrid love affair and the awkward self-questioning typical of many young adults like themselves. Sally was finishing her studies in the Theosophy Department of the University hoping to become Professor Rafter’s assistant, Keira, Sally’s best friend and lover, was a young librarian who occasionally sang in a popular folk group and Brent was a would-be writer who couldn’t quite get his act together and who spent hours wandering the streets and lanes of the town in search of inspiration. Yet unbeknown to them forces had long been at work that would throw them together in a series of adventures that were going to tax them to the extreme forcing them to develop abilities that went way beyond what would seem possible during a voyage from the real world to the realm of dreams and on into another world called the Reaches that at first sight looked deceptively like their own.

The Reaches is the first book of the Storyteller’s Quest. The second book is called The Keeper’s Daughter and was published November 2011.  The third book of the series, The Starless Square, is finished but not yet published and the fourth book, The World o’Tales, is currently being written.

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