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A Shark in the Bath and Other Stories

A Shark in the Bath and Other Stories

Author(s): John Reid Young

Location(s): The Canary Islands (Gran Canaria)

Genre(s): Short Stories

Era(s): 20th century

What would you do if you found a shark in a hotel bath?
The hotel manager was horrified. Well, he would be, wouldn’t he? There’s a shark in a guest’s bath. How did it get there?
Hotel sharks aren’t the only surprise in this charming collection of short stories set in Spain’s Canary Islands…
• In “ A Missed Call” there’s a desperate race against time to arrest one of the Great Train Robbers when he flees to Tenerife.
• “Illegal Immigrant” finds a British revolutionary caught up in the clandestine transport of human cargo during the dark days of General Franco.
• A young American is shocked in “The Man from La Guancha” when he finds out why island villagers are convinced he’s a ghost.
• When a pirate’s chest was discovered in a cave in “Under the Waterfall”, nobody could have expected what lay within, and the reader is enticed to the end with an extraordinary twist.
In these, and other fascinating stories, you’ll encounter a host of captivating characters, some of whom have left their mark in the history of these beautiful Atlantic islands, and you’ll discover that this unique archipelago off the African coast is so much more than just a modern-day tourist destination.

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021