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Beguiling and bold, this collection of short stories illuminates the intimate inner lives of women yearning to break free.


With prose both mystical and gripping, award-shortlisted author Victoria Richards unveils hidden worlds where women question, transgress and transform.


A Jewish woman fantasizes about forbidden love. A wife considers upending her comfortable marriage for an unusual affair. Online, a feminist confronts her troll.


From dysfunctional relationships to grief, mental health to sexual awakening, these lyrical tales shine light into the weird and wonderful female psyche.


"Richards is a master storyteller...These are stories about love and womanhood and faith and loss and longing; about drowning and breathing; about being alive and what we can do about it." - Amelia Loulli, Poet


With leading media appearances from BBC News to ITV under her belt, Richards lures readers into surreal yet relatable tales of defiance, desire and delightful insanities.


Savor then sink deeper into sublime stories urging women to live, love and question more boldly than ever before.


"These eerie short stories themed around mental health, grief, and dysfunctional relationships are a strange delight to read. Victoria Richards' prose is artful, ethereal, and thrilling.”- Golnoosh Nour


About the Author


Victoria Richards is a journalist, writer and poet.  She has worked for BBC News, The Times and The Independent, has appeared on Newsnight, BBC World and ITV News and she is the Voices editor at The Independent.

In 2017/18 she was shortlisted in the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize 2018, was highly commended in the Bridport Prize, came third in The London Magazine short story competition and second in the TSS flash fiction competition. She was also longlisted in the Bath Short Story Award 2017 and the National Poetry Competition.

She lives in London where she is working variously on a novel, a short story collection, poetry, flash fiction and books for children.

She is also a co-founder of The Second Source, a group of female journalists tackling sexual harassment in the media.

Sylvia Plath Watches Us Sleep But We Don’t Mind by Victoria Richards


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