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The Scribbler's Assassination By Eric Johns
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E.Rick Jones was a penniless author while Fred, his twin brother, was a successful inventor and entrepreneur. Fred's advice on how Rick could improve his life was never any use because Rick, although... More > he dreamed of becoming like his brother, in reality was hobbled by his timidity. When Rick was accused of being a paedophile, he found himself being investigated by the police and hounded by the media. The evidence appeared conclusive. No one would believe him that he was being framed and everyone he knew (including his wife) seemed to have a reason for wanting him imprisoned or murdered. There was no one he could trust. The media were doing their best to stir up a lynch mob and the police weren't interested in offering him protection. His brother thought his predicament hilarious. One way or another it seemed that his sheltered life was about to come to a painful end.< Less
The Scribbler's Revenge By Eric Johns
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E. Rick Jones was stoically living out his final days in an old folks' home when a young woman dropped a time-travelling device onto the tartan rug which encased his withered limbs. This did not... More > surprise him because he had written about something of the sort in a short story. The opportunity to travel in time presented him with the chance to repair the injustices of a lifetime and revenge himself on the literary establishment which had ignored him. The only flaw in his plan was that the people to whom the device belonged wanted it back and the young woman who had stolen it kept reappearing at inopportune moments. The one chance he had of survival was to adjust time itself so that the story of his life reached a satisfactory conclusion. But if he did that the terrifyingly ruthless owners of the device would immediately know which timeline he was hiding in and come hunting for him. Given all the time in eternity there surely had to be a solution.< Less
The Scribbler's Tale By Eric Johns
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Until he won a short story competition with a prize of £50,000, E. Rick Jones didn't have any problems or at least no more than any other neurotic writer who spent most of his life in his... More > writing shed at the end of his garden. The problem was that in order to claim the prize Rick was required to be the British representative at the Digitalquill Freedom Conference in Argentina. Unfortunately, certain ruthless people (who denied they had anything to do with MI6) thought that he was not the right person to represent his country and were happy to use threats and violence to convince him of this. However, there was another group of equally ruthless people who believed it was in his country's interest for him to go to S. America which was the last place he wanted to go because there was a frightening amount of magic realism there and that was one genre of writing he couldn't stand. Both groups regarded Rick as expendable. All he wanted was his shed.< Less
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Freewheelers Save The World! By Eric Johns
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"We solemnly swear to seek adventure, excitement and danger and to rescue anyone in peril." So proclaim the Freewheelers, Gina, Claire and Mandy, as they set out on a new adventure - to... More > stop aliens taking over the world! No one believes them when they try to warn the world about the danger it faces. It is up to the Freewheelers to act alone! Can they stop the aliens before it is too late - or will their plans go wrong as usual?< Less
Home Front By Eric Johns
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In the Second World War everyone was on the front line. No one was too young to fight and you didn't even have to leave home. That's why it was called the Home Front. The war came to you. Young... More > people found their homes bombed and their countries occupied by foreign armies. Home Front tells how the war turned them into evacuees, resistance fighters, fugitives and heroes.< Less
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"At least you once had a life - and perhaps one day I'll have one," Seb tells his great-grandmother, but only occasional words draw a response. Her bitterness at being placed in an old... More > people's home is fading as her memory melts away. During Seb's visits she scatters hints of a life she has kept secret from her family. Did she once have another identity? What did she do in the war? Why does no one know? And what has she forgotten that torments her? Seb tries to unravel her past and reconstruct her life. At times she falls silent and drifts away clinging to a fragment of memory. Then Seb is left to soliloquise about the dissatisfactions of his own life. He describes his attempts to begin a relationship with a girl - any girl - and in desperation hits on the idea of an arranged romance. But his efforts are being sabotaged.< Less
The Giraffe Tree and Other Tall Stories By Eric Johns
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Warning! Strange things happen in The Giraffe Tree and Other Tall Stories. Do you know what to do if the evil Investigator Black from the Ministry of Birthdays invites himself to your party? Or what... More > you must definitely not do if you are locked in a library overnight? Or what to do if you are a garden gnome who has lost his garden. Or how to save yourself if you are a helpless snail about to be eaten by a thrush? And who should you trust if you are sold as a slave? You can find out the unexpected answers in these stories which Eric Johns has gathered together because they are all very strange and get on well together. Also, how does a giraffe become a tree?< Less
Aliens and Earthlings By Eric Johns
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There are shortcuts through spacetime from one part of the universe to another. The trouble is you can never be sure what's at the other end of one or going to come through one to visit you. Suppose... More > you make contact with aliens - can you be sure you can trust them? Or could they be tricking you into doing something which would be disastrous for you but which they'd find hilarious? Then there's the temptation of time-travel. It seems so simple to nip back into the past, alter a few things to make your present life exactly as you'd like it to be. Unfortunately there are always unforeseen consequences and things never turn out as you hope. Also space travel is more complicated than you expect because time goes at different speeds depending on how fast you are travelling. So your journey may only take a year but when you get back everyone else could be a century older. Nothing but problems - but entertaining for those who like sci-fi stories like the ones in this book. Have a good time...< Less
The Big Sniff By Eric Johns
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There are 2 stories in this book. 1.The Big Sniff. When Abby sniffs she can smell things that aren't there - such as horses when the road is full of cars, which is very worrying. She decides to sniff... More > very carefully, but one day she forgets and takes a huge sniff - and sees men on horseback charging towards her. Then something terrible happens. 2. The Last Quarryman. John wants to explore the tunnels where quarrymen like his great-grandfather used to quarry stone. He's been warned never to go down the old tunnels because they are dangerous. But that's just what he plans to do. Then his snobby cousin Elaine comes to stay and that messes up everything and things get more dangerous than he ever imagined possible - and it's up to him to put things right, but he's not sure he has the courage to do that. 3. There are also two poems in this book which are really very short stories.< Less

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