Simon Parke  
Click here for Abbot Peter Click here for Simon's blog Click here for Simon's books Click here for Simon's consultancy Click here for Simon's retreats
 
      Picture of the cover of One Minute Mindfulness.   Cover of A Vicar Crucified   Cover of Conversations with Vincent Van Gogh
 

Picture postcard of The Village

The Village

It was Dickens who inspired this story. Back in 2008, I wanted to write something in weekly instalments, as he did with many of his books – an early form of soap opera. And I wanted the instalments full of melodrama, morality, characters, comedy and cliff-hangers.

The Village is the result, set in Misty Longings, the most beautiful village in England, where they discover a hole in the road.

It proves a rather village-changing discovery…

Part 1

Chapter 1: Just as day is dawning
Chapter 2: Patricia counts her cards
Chapter 3: Behind the marmalade
Chapter 4: Cat got your tongue?
Chapter 5: The Queen of Misty Longings
Chapter 6: Cadbury runs an errand
Chapter 7: Down at the ‘Dog and Whistle’
Chapter 8: Morning has broken
Chapter 9: A country lane at sunset
Chapter 10: Dr Hafiz’s busy day
Chapter 11: The emerald bird
Chapter 12: The tilting tower
Chapter 13: Sweet sherry
Chapter 14: A train in the distance
Chapter 15: And much much more!
Chapter 16: A perfect hatred

Part 2

Chapter 17: The Winter Fayre
Chapter 18: Could it be the cheese?
Chapter 19: Mice with wings
Chapter 20: After the Lord Mayor’s show
Chapter 21: Meeow!
Chapter 22: Azure’s leap of faith
Chapter 23: Uncivil wars!
Chapter 24: The longest night of the year
Chapter 25: Night lights
Chapter 26: A holey day
Chapter 27: Housing matters
Chapter 28: Don’t tell anyone!
Chapter 29: Film night at the manor
Chapter 30: Monday, Monday

Part 3

Chapter 31: Dragged down the street
Chapter 32: Shimmering like silver
Chapter 33: Greedy Mr Gloom
Chapter 34: Golden moments
Chapter 35: The bath must wait!
Chapter 36: Dead gorgeous!
Chapter 37: The zero hour
Chapter 38: An unusual funeral
Chapter 39: Village conversations

Who’s who in Misty Longings

Cadbury – She’s a fruit and nut case, always imagining things!
Inky – The butcher’s boy, who’s always inquiring!
Billy – He’s full of fury! An angry young man often locked up!
Dr Hafiz – He’s as Persian as a carpet and medical as well!
Mrs Post – She sorts things. She sorts the post, and everything else!
Mrs Pump – She does for people!
D. Press – David runs Café Disappointment! It just isn’t working!
Rex – Wears a dog collar, and prays for people!
Alky – Algernon Key doth like his gin a little!
Patricia – She’s gorgeous and so good with everyone!
Lord Jo – New money, old manor, he gets things done!
Reality Jane – Lives down Long Lane and sees things!
The Kid – Sometimes seen; seen, but never heard! Who is she?!