Letters Home

When an out-of-work actor discovers his bedsit once belonged to an obscure, suicidal painter, he turns his talents to re-creating the ultimate site-specific performance…

As a teenage girl drifts from depression into a permanent state of sleep, she becomes the focus of both scientific interest and an unexpected, cult following...

Against a backdrop of hooliganism and hostility, an asylum seeker writes letters home assuring his family how welcoming England is...

Many of the characters in Martyn Bedford’s stories find themselves at a point of redefinition, trading in their old identity for something new. Whether it is an act of retreat or escape – fantasising about storming out of a thankless job, or just avoiding a bad-tempered husband for a few moments on Christmas day – they each understand the first step in changing a reality, is to reconstruct it.

Praise for Letters Home:

‘Haunting and intimate portraits of vividly different lives that get under your skin and stay there.’ - Jeremy Dyson

'Letters Home further establishes Martyn Bedford as a stand-out writer of highly memorable fiction.’ - Jacob Ross

'A splendidly moving and varied collection.' - Jane Rogers


Part of the Time to Read NW 'New Words' project.
'What I found most poignant when reading this collection were the things that were not spoken between characters; the words that fall between the cracks... it’s both powerful and emotive.' - Thresholds

'[Letters Home] is a display of creative virtuosity, with Bedford presenting a huge range of diverse voices and scenarios; each story is so different – in subject matter, style, characterisation – from the next. His obvious joy in experimenting with form also comes across. The risks are worth taking: he succeeds every time.' - Yorkshire Post (Click through for full review and a Q&A with the author. No pay wall, but you do have to create a free login)

'The only downside - as I often find with short stories - is that you become so engrossed you don’t want them to end so soon.' - Helen Mead, Bradford Telegraph & Argus

'Letters Home is a vivid collection of heartfelt stories, told with vigour and obvious empathy.' - Megan Kenny, Disclaimer Magazine

'The stories are both short postcards from the edge of everyday existence, and also Martyn Bedford’s bitter-sweet love notes to life in Yorkshire, and Letters Home is a first class read.' - David M. Barnett, Ilkley Gazette

Read Big Issue North's Q&A with Martyn in full here

'They used their hands to make things, I used mine to make things up' - Curb Complex interviews Martyn Bedford on Letters Home and reviews the collection.

Martyn reads an excerpt from 'Because of Olsen' and 'Here's a Little Baby', stories in the collection, recorded at the Waterstones Bradford launch. 
Listen to the full discussion between Martyn and Ra Page on our Soundcloud - Part 1 / Part 2

Read Martyn's blog on the inspiration and research behind 'Withen', a story exploring the Battle of Orgreave.

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The Beckhams are in Betty's
My Soul to Keep
The Sayer of the Sooth

Book Details

16 Nov 2017

About the Author

Martyn Bedford

Martyn Bedford is the author of five novels for adults: Acts of Revision, which won the Yorkshire Post Best First…
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