My Fence is Electric and Other Stories

(1 customer review)

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.

1 review 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.

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