My Review (4 stars out of 5)
This collection of nine short stories is inspired by the author’s experience of living in Thames Valley towns, mixing modern-day themes with tales and legends from the area between London and the heart of rural England.
As with all short story collections, there are those which stand out and those that don’t. In Thames Valley Tales, Tim Walker gives us a variety of stories dealing with everything from arms-dealers and has-been popstars to ghostly Roundheads, Dick Turpin and a bunch of dogging enthusiasts.
My particular favourites were The White Horse – a clever and entertaining take on the white horse of Uffington, where an archaeologist hears a new theory regarding the dating of the hillside image. I also liked the spooky scenes in The Grey Lady, when a married couple are forced to stay the night at an old inn and find that a restful sleep isn’t necessarily on the cards. Other tales, like The Oxford Tiger, had a more gruesome tone, when an exchange student is plagued by a grisly keepsake.
Ably narrated by Richard James, this is an imaginative and entertaining collection.
I’ll look for this book, it’s right up my street. Happy Easter, Colin.
Same to you, Robbie 😉
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