Last month we published Make More Noise: an incredible collection of brand new short stories, from ten of the UK’s very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls and women, published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK. It’s a book we’re especially proud of for many reasons – the subject matter, the incredible list of contributing authors, and the fact that £1 from the sale of every copy of Make More Noise will go directly to Camfed, an international charity tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalised girls to go to school and succeed.
The book has had a wonderful reception so far: The Guardian called Make More Noise “Crammed with assured writing … a thought-provoking collection of short stories”, and The Times wrote that “there’s plenty to wave a banner for and the anthology is a fine introduction to some terrific writers”.
And this week we’re delighted to share one of the short stories contained in the book!
Booktrust have an exclusive preview of All Things Bright And Beautiful, the short story by award-winning author Patrice Lawrence, on their website – you can read it here.
Patrice’s beautiful and moving story takes place in London at the turn of the twentieth century, and shares the life of Olive Christian Malvery – an extraordinary figure in history. Malvery came to London from India in 1900 and, shocked by the working and living conditions of women and children in the city, she investigated, reported, and campaigned on the lives of some of the city’s most downtrodden people.
And if you’d like to read more from Make More Noise, you can also read the first story in the book, Out for the Count by Sally Nicholls, below: