(Slight Return)



“For a moment there is only the metallic brush of fingertips on guitar strings and then the sound of a violin washes over us. A violin and a viola. The guitar props them up with acoustic chords and it sounds like a sail desperate to soar off on the wind, held back only by those wooden pegs and steel filaments.”

(Slight Return) is a collection of twenty short stories exploring the effect music has on ordinary lives. A music critic has an identity crisis; two brothers argue over Lou Reed; a carer wrestles with his conscience. The world is full of aspiring musicians and those looking for some sort of escape.

On the blog I’m trying a bit of a multimedia experiment, tying up paragraphs and sections of different stories to the songs that inspired them.

Click here to see all these posts: (Slight Return) Multimedia. Or click on the (Slight Return) category link on the right hand side of the blog.

You can also listen to all the songs referenced in this Spotify playlist:


And here’s the obligatory sales link for the book on Amazon: (Slight Return)