TALES of the ups and downs of life from births to bereavements, and everything in between, are examined in a new book of short stories penned by Charleville woman, Mary T Bradford.
A Bakerâ€™s Dozen is the first book of short stories to be published by the author although she has had works published in local and national newspapers as well as magazines and anthologies.
â€œItâ€™s just about life in general and every day happenings to people in life, be it addiction, death, pregnancy, joys and hopes, sadness and sorrows â€“ itâ€™s a mixed bag of everything,â€ explained Mary who lived in Dublin for 20 years before returning to live in Charleville.
â€œI have been writing for a long, long time now. Itâ€™s through my stories being published in papers and womenâ€™s magazines that somebody said to me would I not put a collection together and thatâ€™s how this one came about,â€ she added.
The book of fiction offers an insight into daily struggles and life-changing events be it addiction, an unplanned pregnancy or a tragic accident. There is also the other side of life - the kind neighbour who helps someone to get back on their feet and the mother who guides her daughter in her choice of career.
â€œIt wasnâ€™t too hard to put together because some of the stories are old stories, others are new, so once I put my mind to it and got down to it, it was done in a few monthsâ€.
The book itself, according to the mother-of-four, began life as an e-book but quickly evolved into a hard copy due to demand from family and friends.
â€œSome family members donâ€™t have access to computers â€“ older family members â€“ so I decided I would do some in paperback to give as Christmas presents and then other people asked me for them to give as presents to their own friends and family. It just spread by word of mouth and it kind of snowballed from there and I decided since people are asking me for it, I might try and put it into the book shops.â€
A Bakerâ€™s Dozen is available in Dickâ€™s newsagents in Charleville, Philipâ€™s bookshop in Mallow, Centra in Doneraile and the book store in Newcastle West for â‚¬10