The Night of the Round Stable – Chapter 9: A Close Encounter

We’re onto day 9 and the latest instalment is here.

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The Night of the Round Stable – Chapter 8: Making Plans

Here we are again – or here I am anyway…anyone else out there?

Day 8’s instalment is here.

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The Night of the Round Stable – Chapter 7: Back to School

Today’s instalment is here.

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The Night of the Round Stable – Chapter 6: A Sore Head

Help celebrate the author’s birthday by listening to the next instalment here

This is day 6 of my lockdown project. A chapter a day for children of all ages who may be in need of a bedtime (or any time) story.

 The Night of the Round Stable is a magical-friend fantasy complete with hidden doorways, talking animals and ingenious technology.

At the heart of the story is the sparky relationship between a decidedly odd couple:

  • Johanna Blake, 11, who packs a doubt-free moral compass, a vegetarian Joan of Arc, no prisoners taken… but with a heart in exactly the right place; and
  • Mr Phigg, some ten times her age, a hard-working slacker with a silver key that can open any door – he seems to know it all, but can’t always be trusted to tie his own shoelaces.

It is never entirely clear who is looking after whom. The pair join forces to stop a factory farm being built – and find themselves up against not just cruelty and bureaucracy, but the most fearsome creatures in several dimensions and a would-be supervillain, who’s out to rule them all.

The lovely Ruth Holland drew the pictures.

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The Night of the Round Stable – Chapter 5: The Public Meeting

Hear the next instalment here

This is day 5 of my lockdown project. A chapter a day for children of all ages who may be in need of a bedtime (or any time) story.

The Night of the Round Stable is a magical-friend fantasy complete with hidden doorways, talking animals and ingenious technology.

At the heart of the story is the sparky relationship between a decidedly odd couple:

  • Johanna Blake, 11, who packs a doubt-free moral compass, a vegetarian Joan of Arc, no prisoners taken… but with a heart in exactly the right place; and
  • Mr Phigg, some ten times her age, a hard-working slacker with a silver key that can open any door – he seems to know it all, but can’t always be trusted to tie his own shoelaces.

It is never entirely clear who is looking after whom. The pair join forces to stop a factory farm being built – and find themselves up against not just cruelty and bureaucracy, but the most fearsome creatures in several dimensions and a would-be supervillain, who’s out to rule them all.

The lovely Ruth Holland drew the pictures.

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The Night of the Round Stable – Chapter 4: A Very Stylish Sheep

And the next one…Chapter 4 is now available here.

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The Night of the Round Stable – Chapter 3: Up on the Downs

Day 3 of the project and the moment you have been waiting for: enter the sheep.

Listen to chapter 3 here.

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The Night of the Round Stable – Chapter 2: The Breakfast Guest

And here is Chapter 2.

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Strange times need strange characters

In response to the current lockdown Mr Phigg has dipped his key in Silvo and returned to the fray.

For the duration, I’ll be posting a chapter a day of The Night of the Round Stable for anyone in need of a bedtime (or any time) story. Chapter 1 “A Fleeting Visit” is available here.

Check back in tomorrow…

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Normal service will be resumed when possible

I am currently taking stock and reworking the Mr Phigg stories before trying again to find a publisher for them. As part of that process, the original versions will no longer be available on Kindle or print-on-demand. So, patience, please, until they reappear, glorious butterflies bursting from their chrysalides….

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