My short story, At Once in Harmony and Discord, has been published in a book of new fiction. I wrote the story for a close friend of mine, who sadly died a couple of years ago. It explores the balance between control and freedom in our lives: You can watch me read a passage from the story here…
The book is called An Eclectic Mix Volume 7. You can buy it on Lulu here and on Amazon here. Please let me know what you think, either in the comments section on this page or by reaching out to me on Twitter (@mattybannond).
For a few moments, I was convinced that I had just seen my wife for the last time. I was certain that our new-born baby was not breathing. I was broken, bereaved – and mistaken. Midwives saved my wife’s life, gave my daughter the best possible start in life, and rebuilt each of us after a traumatic birth. I owe them an enormous debt.
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When one of my best friends died in her late twenties, it was different. I had been deeply upset when my grandparents died, but my mind had been able to process it somehow – it was their turn, a wounding rite of passage that was inescapable, natural. Death out of turn, against the rules, felt torturously unfair. Mourning my friend, helping to carry her coffin at the funeral, failing to manage the choking wretchedness of it. These defining moments of pain made everything different. Continue reading