Ice Cream by Helen Dunmore

Ice Cream

Helen Dunmore

In this collection of short stories the main characters are completely different, but you will identify with all of them from the school dinner-lady, to the writer who meets a ghostly Charlotte Bronte, to the older daughter playing nurse to step brothers and sisters. You will experience their feelings, their worries, their problems. And there's a twist in every 'tail'!

Extract

The fuss Valerie Kenward made about having him to stay, you'd think the Pope was coming for a fortnight. I never liked her. Always holding up the queue saying she's on a diet and then taking the biggest bun.

Parallels
  • Sugar and Other Stories by A S Byatt
  • First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan

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