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PRISONERS OF A SHADOW WORLD By Eric Johns
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Prisoners of a Shadow World tells the story of Louis-Philippe who is half French half English and of Madeleine who is Jewish. They live in France during the Second World War under the German... More > Occupation which casts a terrifying shadow over their lives - and the darkest shadow is cast by the Gestapo, the secret police. To make the situation even more dangerous, Louis-Philippe's grandfather runs an escape network for RAF aircrew who have been shot down and Louis-Philippe is helping him. At the same time, there is a growing danger to Madeleine since Jews in France face the threat of being arrested and transported to death camps in eastern Europe. As the shadows deepen so their attempts to stay alive become ever more desperate.< Less
GOODBYE, GRANNY By Eric Johns
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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 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
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
The Oldest Snowman in the World By Eric Johns
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When Amanda and Timmy build themselves a snowman called Mr Crystal they want him to live forever. But warm weather is coming and Mr Crystal begins to melt. As he gets smaller he becomes sillier and... More > puts himself in danger. How can they stop him melting? Can Father Christmas help?... There are five Mr Crystal adventures involving the children who made him, also Father Christmas, Jack Frost, reindeer, a lost penguin, a camel, elves...As The Mail on Sunday said of the first story: 'Magical!'< Less
Freewheelers and the Great Carnival Robbery 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 the Greatest Robbery Ever in the seaside town of Coombe Bay where they live. When the Freewheelers learn about a plot to steal the carnival charity collection they know they have to foil it. If all goes according to plan they will stop the robbery and fix their deadly enemies the Plunketts at the same time. But who will get the blame if 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
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