Supporters and Endorsements
‘Living with Huntington’s disease is tough. People with the disease can feel lonely, isolated and afraid. Families can find themselves under huge stress.
 This genetic disease changes the whole person – their movements, behaviour and mental wellbeing. There is no cure yet.
Thank you for supporting the Huntington’s Disease Association so that nobody has to face this disease alone’.
Kate Davis, Huntington’s Disease Association 
www.hda.org.uk

“Bruce Harris is a champion of the written word, a steadfast supporter of poetry and an educator and encourager. Although offering mentoring services to new writers he also has time to be a fine poet himself.

I applaud this endeavour and wish him every success in it, working again for others for a cause very close to his heart in a Bruce-typical, selfless and dedicated manner. Please support him if you can."

Dawn Bauling (Director of Indigo Dreams Publishing, Editor of The Dawntreader and Sarasvati magazines) www.indigodreams.co.uk

‘As editor of Winamop I get a lot of material sent to me, and when sifting through the in-box certain names stand out.

Bruce Harris is one of those. Whenever I receive a contribution from Bruce I know I am in for a well-written treat.

I wish him every success with his campaign to raise awareness of Huntington’s Disease and funds for the HAD’.

All the best
Dave, Editor-Winamop
www.winamop.com

'Go fight the good fight, Bruce'.
All the best
Hackwriters
www.hackwriters.com
Comments on 'First Flame'

I get sent a lot of short stories; some are incomprehensible, some are one-dimensional and some are just badly written. Bruce’s stories are none of these things.

I know a story is good when I emerge at the end, having been totally lost in it. There are characters to identify with, a narrative to follow and, most importantly, skilful writing.

Less adept writers tend to jolt me back out of the story with something as mundane as a grammatical error or an unconvincing piece of dialogue.

A facility to write a story is one thing but Bruce has the ideas too. Bruce will draw the reader in to some unlikely or unfamiliar situation which is so perfectly created that you remain utterly absorbed.

He will take care to form the characters so that you feel you know them - and then he tells the story.
Dave Pick - Editor
www.winamop.com

 


Comments on ‘Odds Against’

'There is strength and warmth, toughness and kindness in these stories, making up a collection that is spirited and uplifting’

Alison Moore
www.alison-moore.com
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whose first novel, ‘The Lighthouse’, was short-listed for the Booker Prize.

‘Harris displays an enviable skill in manipulating this huge variety with confidence and conviction, as well as crafting denouements that are always touching and often surprising, avoiding, as he does, predictable happy endings’…...’if you’re up against your own odds and want to be diverted, touched, uplifted or amused, then this is the book for you – and in buying it you’re contributing to a truly worthwhile cause’

Wendy Perriam
www.wendyperriam.com, author of 18 novels and 8 collections of short stories.

‘Subjects pertinent to the present day are tackled effectively in Devil’s Evening and One Man’s Paradise. While, more than a century earlier, a nurse is radicalised while caring for the suffragette killed by the king’s horse in the excellent Emily’s Derby.

Three stories, to use racing parlance, that I particularly fancied. And for those readers hoping for a dash of humour and sharp, amusing dialogue, they will find it in, among others, Decisions, Decisions, These Foolish Things and the Bridport Prize listed Roxanne Riding Hood’

Maggie Ling
www.maggieling.com , novelist and short story writer.

‘Bruce Harris's stories shine a wry light on the human condition. He disarms you with his delightful sense of humour and characters that feel like old friends.

You'll get sucked into the story right from the first line, and it'll echo in your head after the last. One of my favourite authors that I've published at Fiction on the Web’ –

Charlie Fish, Editor
www.fictionontheweb.co.uk

‘Bruce Harris’s Odds Against is a beautifully written and emotionally uplifting collection of short stories. His stories have heart, intelligence and emotional acuity.

Odds Against is an apposite title for the collection as, in these stories, hope is rarely extinguished, the human spirit often triumphing in adversity.

Here the reader will find love in many forms, tenderness and humanity’ John Holland
www.johnhollandwrites.com
short story writer and writers’ group organiser.

‘Many of the stories are very original….I think it's fascinating, beautiful, well-written, witty’ 
Jonathan Taylor
www.jonathanptaylor.co.uk
novelist, short story writer and lecturer in Creative Writing.

 

Reference to ‘Cleaning Up’

A charmingly insouciant story deftly told: a bold idea that could catch on – turning the tables on corporate power – with an unusual cleaning-up operation.
 
Short-listed for Segora in 2011 it was much enjoyed by organisers Jocelyn & Gordon Simms. Congratulations to Bruce on another fine example of story-telling.  

Gordon Simms – Organiser, Segora Competitions, www.poetryproseandplays.com

Reference to ‘Colouring Matthew’

I found ‘Colouring Matthew’ by Bruce Harris especially tender and sad…Matthew captured in a portrait on canvas by his best friend at the twilight of his life. An outstanding achievement by Harris that may yield itself to cinematic treatment someday, I predict’.
Nnorom Azuonye, Editor, www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/champions/

Reference to ‘Tuesday’s Demons’

‘The story that I liked best was Tuesday's Demons, where the fast pace of the accident description balances out the 'wordiness' of the first three paragraphs. Overall, I thought it was a first class story’.
David Gardiner, Editor
www.golddustmagazine.co.uk

I read First Flame, the debut short story collection of Bruce Harris, in almost a single sitting. The stories are in the main sharp concise with a clear sense of direction, stories that don’t beat about the bush but describe the foliage beautifully as they move by.
Although individually they have gained plenty of plaudits, it is here, where they are woven together, that the pieces begin to take on a bigger meaning and to create a mood that is greater than the sum of their parts.

The tales are poignant, sharply told and perfectly illustrated with expressive language that never tends towards the overly ornate but emphasises the ever present grit of reality around which the string of pearl like stories are fashioned. The stories themselves range from the down at heel as in the opening – ‘A Normal Life’ – to the learned – ‘Across A Crowded Room’ - to the very English smut farce and ambition of ‘Appetites’.

These stories are as British as an inclement Sunday afternoon riddled with emotion, invariably exposing painful truths the way such family Sundays often do, but they never lose their nerve and are never overwhelmed by pathos.

A personal favourite is ‘Wardrobes’, where identity is shed and acquired with nothing more than a change of clothes and there is something of that in these stories - an integral style, a constant world view, a brittle Englishness all examined through the varying perspectives of these diverse but blood related tales.   
Darren Sharman - reviewing member, Grace Dieu Writers’ Circle

Whatever subjects he touches, and in whatever vein, Bruce Harris certainly knows how to entice the reader. A highly recommended collection from a writer who is definitely going places’.
Brian David, Editor, Cheer Reader

Reference to ‘At The End of The Day’

‘My favourite was At The End of the Day by Bruce Harris. The sub-text of football type commentary turned what might have been a mundane tale of corruption into something funny and original’.
John McDermott, Writer and Contributor, Writers’Muse

‘Bruce Harris’s piece was a delight as usual – it was through being loaned a copy of the Muse because it contained one of Bruce’s stories that set me to writing again, so I thank our mutual acquaintance, Bruce, and yourself for re-opening what had become a closed chapter’.
From Di Pavey, Writer and Contributor, Writers’ Mus
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