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The Skipping Verger and Other Tales

The Skipping Verger and Other Tales

Author(s): John Reid Young

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

Genre(s): Short Stories

Era(s): 19th-20th centuries

The Skipping Verger and Other Tales is a collection of delightful short stories set on the island of Tenerife between the late 19th and early 21st centuries.
In an engaging and unique style, John Reid Young’s stories range from the often humorous and romantic adventures of early Victorian travellers to intrigue at the start of the Spanish Civil War. An English scientist meets a man with a strange walk, a Scottish artist falls in love with a barefooted woman, foreigners discover marvellous old wives tales and remedies for a variety of ailments, boys get up to mischief in the bananas, a fiesta gets out of hand, secret agents, stowaways and even a grumpy chaplain can all be found wrapped up in the charms and traditions of the Canary Island.
Based upon the personal experience and recollections of a fourth generation British immigrant, these stories will appeal not only to those who already know and love the islands, but also to newcomers who enjoy a touch of eccentricity and old fashioned ways.

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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