My Fence is Electric and Other Stories

(2 customer reviews)

A housing estate is in shock following a child’s disappearance. A girl and her invisible friend go their separate ways. A father and a son bond over Post-It notes. A single father and his daughter have different approaches to the disappearance of their dog. A father finds his way to coax his agoraphobic son back out into the world.

My Fence is Electric and Other Stories is a collection of award-winning short stories looking at those moments in life that fizz with the electric intensity of change.

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Book Details

Dimensions 203 × 133 mm

162 pages






Short story collection

Release date

18 February 2020


Odyssey Books



About The Author

Mark Newman

Mark Newman

Mark Newman has been shortlisted for the Costa Short Story Award, highly commended in the New Writer Prose & Poetry Awards and Bristol Prize longlisted. His work has won competitions judged by Alison Moore, Tania Hershman and David Gaffney. He has been published in Firewords Quarterly, Fiction Desk and Paper Swans. He has eight stories in the Retreat West competition anthology Inside These Tangles, Beauty Lies.

2 reviews for My Fence is Electric and Other Stories

  1. Clare Reviews Books

    I don’t often give 5 stars to anthologies, because a variation in quality seems inevitable. Not in this case: from tiny flash pieces to longer considerations, Newman skewers the human heart and captures its core in tiny moments, single words, the blink of an eye.

    Open the book at any page – read a few lines – and it becomes very clear why Newman’s stories win awards. It’s rare to find such a penetrating gaze allied to such pure, impressive prose. In concert, Newman’s vision and his writing create a unique and addictive harmony. Read one of these stories, and you will read them all.

  2. SeriousGrace

    It would have been great If Newman had called his book, My Fence is Electric: and Other Eclectic Stories because the stories are both electric and eclectic. Twenty seven in all; ranging from a single paragraph to several pages long, they run the gamut of plot, theme, character, voice and emotional impact. Newman’s talent as a writing chameleon is apparent in every paragraph. The very first story reminded me of Lovely Bones while another had me thinking of the Daley twins. Despite the entire volume being extremely short, take your time with this one. Savor the stories as if you would an elaborate charcuterie. Each bite is a different adventure.

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