Tuesday 3 December 2013

Book Impressions - Beyond 100 Drabbles by Jonathan Hill & Kath Middleton

I'm a huge fan of drabbles, I love writing them and I love reading them. For those of you that don't know a drabble is a story that is exactly 100 words long, not including the title. As such their good for a quick story fix, but I don't hold with this dipping in and out business and devoured all of them in two sittings :-)

When I reviewed Jonathan Hill's previous collection (100 One Hundred Word Tales) I commented on how Jonathan Hill is a master of the drabble form and that prowess continues with this collection. This time he is joined by Kath Middleton, a relative newcomer to the scene. It's a testament to her own ability that you don't notice a difference in quality between the two of them.

There's a hundred and twenty drabbles in this collection to read and they cover a very wide range of topics and themes. There's some sad ones, some nasty ones, some fun ones, in truth there's a little bit for everyone. A common theme through many of them is the twist in the tale, many good drabbles lead you in one direction and then turn it on it's head with the final line.

All are very well written and I enjoyed reading them immensely, the rich variety meant that the next one teased me with something new, hence not dipping in and out of them :-) It's great to see the form receiving quality releases like this, highly recommended.


The world of drabbles awaits you!

A drabble tells a story in precisely 100 words, and this book is packed with drabbles that will move, shock and entertain.

'Beyond 100 Drabbles' features 120 new miniature works, written by two of today’s most formidable drabblers. Jonathan Hill and Kath Middleton showcase some of their finest drabbles here, resulting in a collection that demonstrates the indisputable power of this popular flash fiction form.

The authors cover a plethora of genres and even take the drabble one step further by interacting in a series of ‘challenge drabbles’.

The stories are ideal for reading back to back, or individually in spare moments. The question is, can you stop at just one?

Beyond 100 Drabbles is available from Amazon (and is an excellent read)


  1. There are actually 120 in there Michael! I'm so glad you enjoyed them - and couldn't see the join between Jonathan and me!

    1. Corrected, I also enjoyed the challenge drabbles, they were a good idea.