Everyday Kindness is a charity anthology of short, fictional stories of kindness, edited by LJ Ross. These uplifting tales of hope and of small, everyday kindnesses are intended to support wider, positive mental health goals and foster wellbeing through the act of reading tales of goodwill inspired by others. Featuring authors across the spectrum of literature, some international bestsellers and award-winning writers amongst them, this is a unique collection of words.
All proceeds from the book will be donated to Shelter, a charity that helps millions of people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness.
Authors include: LJ Ross, Adam Hamdy, Alex Smith, Alexander Gordon Smith, Alison Stockham, Anne O’Leary, Barbara Copperthwaite, J.D. Kirk, C.L. Taylor, Caroline Mitchell, Chris McDonald, C.K. McDonnell, Claire Sheehy, Clare Flynn, Darren O’Sullivan, David Leadbeater, Debbie Young, Deborah Carr, Emma Robinson, Graham Brack, Hannah Lynn, Heather Martin, Holly Martin, Ian Sainsbury, Imogen Clark, James Gilbert, Jane Corry, Jean Gill, J.J. Marsh, Judith O’Reilly, Kelly Clayton, Kim Nash, Leah Mercer, Liz Fenwick, Louise Beech, Louise Jensen, Louise Mumford, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Marcia Woolf, Mark Stay, Marcie Steele, Natasha Bache, Nick Jackson, Nick Quantrill, Nicky Black, Patricia Gibney, Rachel Sargeant, Rob Parker, Rob Scragg, S.E. Lynes, Shelley Day, Casey Kelleher, Sophie Hannah, Victoria Connelly, Victoria Cooke, Will Dean.
I am sure we will all agree that life has thrown us a bit of a curve ball with the recent pandemic which has no doubt affected us all in different ways. Whilst we have seen such wonderful acts of bravery, resilience and kindness, it has also shown a darker side to humanity. For me, this short story collection restored my faith in humanity. Yes, it may be fiction but we can all learn from this book and as they say, a little kindness can go a long way in this world.
One thing I love about short stories like these, not only do I get to enjoy stories by authors whose books I have previously read and loved but it is also a great way of finding yourself new authors. I will certainly be checking out some of the other authors’ books who I haven’t previously read before as this was a great taster of their writing.
Whilst I read and enjoyed all the stories, as with any short story collection, there were some I enjoyed more than others but there were so many within this book that it is impossible to list them all. They are all different but all focus on the same thing, acts of kindness. If anything I felt humbled reading the stories and some brought tears to my eyes. It really is the most wonderful anthology!
Everyday Kindness is so much more than a collection of short stories. Not only do the proceeds go to a very worthy cause, it will make you want to strive to be a better person. A simple act of kindness no matter how big or small, could make such a difference to another person as many of these stories show. It is the perfect book to have on your bedside table or for when you are short on time. The stories are all relatively short and take no time at all to read. I found myself reading a number of them each night before going to sleep. An endearing collection of short stories that are not only heart-warming but uplifting also!
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