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AN EXCLUSIVE FREE GIFT FOR READERS To celebrate publication of IMAGINE in paperback on 3rd December, my publisher has created a very special, limited edition gift for readers. THE GIFT is a collection of my five short stories bound up as a paperback book – and the first 50 readers to order IMAGINE will each receive a copy. CLICK HERE TO DISCOVER MORE

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Exclusive gift for readers!

  I’m MARK HAYSOM author of LOVE, LOVE ME DO – and I’ve got news of an amazing FREE gift to mark the paperback launch of my latest novel To celebrate publication of IMAGINE in paperback on 3rd December, my publisher has created a very special, limited edition gift for readers. THE GIFT is a collection of my five short stories bound up as a paperback book – and the first 50 readers to order IMAGINE will each receive a copy. To claim your FREE copy of THE GIFT, simply order IMAGINE from your favourite retailer (see below) and send proof of purchase (confirmation email, order number or a scan) to marketing@littlebrown.co.uk with the subject line ‘IMAGINE’. THE GIFT isn’t available to buy in the shops and, as it contains two Christmas short stories, it’s the perfect present for friends and family – or for yourself! The competition closes on Sunday 29th November […]

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THE GIFT: A SHORT STORY Christmas morning, 1963 Nanna Bird has been on her knees so long, they hurt. It’s been worth it though for the look on Baxter’s face every time his car slaloms through the Scalextric chicane and flashes past the finishing line while hers goes careering off at the first bend. It’s been worth it too for a morning of rare smiles from Megan as she’s played her records on her new Dansette record player. She can’t remember her looking so happy. Nanna didn’t have a clue which records to buy to go with the player. Her choice would have been Glenn Miller or Joe Loss; proper music you can dance all night to. But she’d got talking to … READ +

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THERE’S NOTHING LIKE BEING THERE A  family outing: we go to the circus. And high above the sawdust ring, beneath the stretched deep-blue dome of the big top, we take our seats and wait. Wait for the magic to begin. Laser lights play; music pounds; the tent quickly fills. All around, in an eager sea of popcorn and candyfloss, children’s excited voices bubble with laughter. Vendors work the aisles. One row all buy glowing light sabres and happily carve the air: we opt for a spinning windmill of rainbow lights. Mesmerising. Hypnotic. READ+

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A True Story

A note from the author, MARK HAYSOM: I am indebted to a former colleague for the story at the heart of THE GIFT – a remarkable and true story. After my Christmas story in 2014 (OCAR OLIVER’S CHRISTMAS), she wrote to tell me that the first Christmas gift her father ever received was at the age of twenty-two, on the day before his marriage. Every year until then, he had been told by his grandfather who raised him that he hadn’t been good enough to deserve a present. Geoffrey George Horscroft was born illegitimately in 1911 in a poverty-stricken area of Kentish Town, London: he never knew who his father was. At the age of two he was abandoned by his laundry-maid mother and left with his grandfather. His grandfather took him with him to his place of work – he was a zinc worker – and left in the […]

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July 2015

+ ‘The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none’ Thomas Carlyle Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. Considered one of the most important social commentators of his time, he presented many lectures during his lifetime with certain acclaim in the Victorian era. One of those conferences resulted in his famous work On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History where he explains that the key role in history lies in the actions of the “Great Man”, claiming that “History is nothing but the biography of the Great Man”. (Source: Wikipedia) + ‘All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure’ Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote […]

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June 2015

Mark Haysom is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Love, Love Me Do’ and ‘Imagine’. Here he publishes his favourite quotes from great writers and great thinkers. + ‘It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.’ George Sand Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin (1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876), best known by her pseudonym George Sand, was a French novelist and memoirist. She is equally well known for her much publicized romantic affairs with a number of artists, including the composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin and the writer Alfred de Musset. (Source: Wikipedia) + ‘Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on’ Samuel Butler Samuel Butler (4 December 1835 – 18 June 1902) was an iconoclastic Victorian-era English author who published a variety of works. Two of his most […]

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The author, MARK HAYSOM, shares FREE short stories and a popular monthly Blog on Facebook. Click ‘LIKE‘ here to follow him.                        

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Funny and heartbreaking (Good Housekeeping)  – Mark Haysom’s acclaimed debut novel, ‘Love, Love Me Do’. CLICK TO READ IT NOW   ‘Love, Love Me Do’ – a wonderful debut about love, betrayal, family and childhood (The Sun)  CLICK TO READ IT NOW   [stbpro id=”Test1″ color=”000000″ ccolor=”000000″ bcolor=”FFFFFF” bgcolor=”FFFFFF” cbgcolor=”FFFFFF” bgcolorto=”FFFFFF” cbgcolorto=”FFFFFF” mleft=”0″ mright=”0″] FOLLOW MARK ON FACEBOOK Mark posts news of all his FREE short stories and his regular Blog on Facebook – please click on the symbol on the right of your screen and ‘Like’ his page. Thank you.[/stbpro] FOLLOW MARK ON FACEBOOK Mark posts news of all his FREE short stories and his regular Blog on Facebook – ‘Like’ his page to stay in touch. Thank you [efb_likebox fanpage_url=”MarkHaysomAuthorUK” box_width=”250″ box_height=”” colorscheme=”light” locale=”en_US” responsive=”0″ show_faces=”0″ show_header=”0″ show_stream=”0″ show_border=”0″ ]

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May 2015

Mark Haysom is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Love, Love Me Do’ and ‘Imagine’. Here he publishes his favourite quotes from great writers and great thinkers. + ‘Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will’ Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi(2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi was a prolific writer. One of Gandhi’s earliest publications, Hind Swaraj, published in Gujarati in 1909, is recognised as the intellectual blueprint of India’s independence movement. (Source: Wikipedia) + ‘You cannot open a book without learning something’ Confucius Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, […]

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