‘Winter Tales’ is a collection of short stories from poet, children’s author, novelist and translator Kenneth Steven.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author apparently lives in Argyll, which is just North of where I am on the West Coast of Scotland, so admittedly this may have enhanced the reading experience for me personally (you had me at “The sea was a living cauldron”)
Elemental influences are felt in Steven’s writing, while at the same time invoking cosy, domestic atmospheres – poetic snapshots of life that are poignant in their simplicity, as all short stories should be. These ‘Winter Tales’ work beautifully as a collection and, as described by the publisher, each is enriched by the reading of the other.
The changing of the seasons and human emotion go hand in hand, as far as I’m concerned, and Kenneth Steven encapsulates this beautifully.
~Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not associated with the author or publisher in any way. My opinion is completely unbiased and entirely my own~