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Christine Harrison

Red Roses for a Blue Lady

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'Elusive, enigmatic and poetic' -Margaret Drabble about the story 'La Scala Inflammata'

'Full of mysterious and unnerving images' -Deborah Moggach about the same

In these stories, antique coats retain the personality and power of previous owners; women fantasise about murdering their ex-husbands over tea and cake; mental breakdown sparks a quest mission that incorporates glimpses of both Heaven and Hell. Animistic, lyrical, and poignant; these narratives reverberate as much with the unseen and unsaid as with their opposites.

Including the award-winning 'La Scala Inflammata', this collection brings together published and unpublished stories: each a delicate tribute to the minutiae of life and love, and each a profound meditation on the true, often unsettling, desires people hide beneath the veneer of social convention.


Christine Harrison was born on the Isle of Wight. She lives and writes on the west coast of Wales, which has been her home for many years. Her award-winning short fiction has brought her national acclaim and recognition. She won the Cosmopolitan Short Story Award with 'La Scala Inflammata' which was then published in an anthology, The Best of Cosmopolitan Fiction, and she has been a contributor to many anthologies of women's writing from Wales. Fig and the Flute Player, Christine's debut novel, was published by Parthian in 2014.