The SYLE Press Publications

Latest Posts

Too sensitive for the trenches?

Elise said: ‘I only think Lance ought to do as his ideals tell him.’ Mrs Hallam said: ‘And what do they tell him?’ Elise said: ‘I don’t know. But they couldn’t approve of killing.’ She...

The night wailing

‘How do you do, Elise.’ Elise said: ‘Pleased to meet you, Mrs Hallam.’ The room swam round and she felt her throat suddenly tighten. Of all times and places, for Elsie to appear now! The...

winter swan kippers

Going out tonight

Her father was already sitting in his high-backed wooden chair mauling the remains of a kipper in his hands. He looked up as she came in, blinking in the light. ‘’Ello,’ he said. ‘You’re late,...

darby-joan winter-swan

I’ll bury her properly

Mrs du Cros, leading against a small slam in Hearts, turned at the sound of a fall. She saw Mr Garland looking up, frightened and bewildered, and beside him the slumped figure of Mrs Hallam....

winter swan whirlpool proposal

Forgive my inexperience

‘Dear Mrs Hallam,’ he said, ‘there is a matter I should like to put to you. It is a delicate one but I have little gift for subtlety, and I can only hope that you...

WinterSwan Barometer

The hurrying years

Throughout the world there was change, violent and uncompromising. Wars, tidal waves, volcanic eruptions; and the relentless revolution of the seasons. But to see it, to catch the monster with claws outstretched, was hardly to...

Three out of four

During the mid-morning break, Rod sat, as usual, with Whitey. They were companions because they had opposite bed-spaces in the tented camp down in the valley. Apart from this accident of proximity, they had nothing...

pendulum enemies of the people

Enemy of the people!

He had expected the atmosphere of the court-room to be one of feverish and rabid emotionalism, but so far it was not like that. The Robey who had asked him how he pleaded spoke in...

religious repression reactionary

Reactionaries!

The news was confusing, and it was necessary to read between the lines of the official version. This started with a vilification of the Robeys that was even more trenchant than had been the case...