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Title: All That Is Between Us
Author: K.M. Elkes
Genre: Literary Fiction (short fiction collection)
Publisher: Ad Hoc Fiction
Format: Paperback and e-book (epub and mobi)
ISBN paperback: 978-1-912095-53-7
ISBN e-book: 978-1-912095-52-0
Extent: 196mm x 134mm: 150pp
Publication Date: June 22, 2019
Price: £9.99 (paperback); £5.99 (e-book)
Distribution: Via Ad Hoc Fiction website (paperback); Amazon (e-book); Kobo (e-book)


All That Is Between Us examines the complex, fragile nature of human relationships – between parents and children, couples, lovers, friends and strangers. This triptych of 40 short-short stories explores the challenges of fitting-in with others, but also how much we risk to avoid being alone. They evoke the changing nature of relationships through moments of ambiguity, duality and separation. All That Is Between Us is a testament to the beauty and comfort that connection brings… and the pain when it is severed. The book features international prize winning pieces as well as many new stories.

Accolades/Praise For All That Is Between Us

“Truthful, revelatory, and beautifully written, All That Is Between Us is a collection you’ll want to read and re-read.”
~ Kathy Fish, author of Wild Life: Collected Works

“K.M. Elkes writes like a fallen angel, making the ordinary divine…This is breath-taking flash fiction at its finest.”
~ Angela Readman, author of Something Like Breathing

“Whoever you are, whatever you like to read, you need these stories in your life.”
~ Tania Hershman, author of Some Of Us Glow More Than Others

“These insightful and disarmingly honest stories shimmer with quirky brilliance.”
~ Meg Pokrass, author of Alligators At Night

Brings a Cheever-esque emotional punch to his stories, married to a sweet, left-of-field insight that is all his own…a masterclass in the heart-jolting satisfaction of great flash fiction.”
~ Nuala O’Connor, author of Joyride to Jupiter

“K.M. Elkes explores the mechanics of relationships with both sober realism and a sparkling, dry wit. This book is a string of perfect moments.”
~ Sophie van Llewyn, author of Bottled Goods, longlisted for the Women’s Prize For Fiction

“This collection is crammed with powerful and moving images…The stories move together like a murmuration of texts, each slipping in and out of the other, making every fragment part of a whole experience, almost as if it were a shattered novel you’ve found on the floor and are trying to piece together.”
~ David Gaffney, author of All The Places I’ve Ever Lived

“These razor-sharp stories…are full of bruised beauty, and they will stay in your heart. A brilliant book.”
~ David Swann, author of The Privilege Of Rain



“Crackles with all the complexities of human relationships, narrative blazes, if you like, that may be tiny in size but vast on matters of the heart. Stories crafted with an emotional wisdom that scythes. Birth and attachment, parenting, love and loss, regrets and nostalgias underpin these diverse tales with their strong narrative push. Psychologies of relationships are drawn out in vivid technicolour and Elkes courts his readers with emotional balance.”
~ extract from book review in Storgy Magazine

This is an astounding collection of the short form with pieces on family life ground breaking in their honesty. There are stories here that rank among the finest flash fiction I’ve ever read. I sent some to reading and writing friends as examples of what great Flash Fiction looks like.
~ GoodReads review by flash fiction author Steven John

“His ability to write complex, empathetic characters in a few hundred words is exceptional – especially given the inevitability of a large and wide-ranging cast in a collection such as this…I really look forward to reading what Ken produces next.
~ review by Johanna Robinson, author of Homing (longlisted for the Guardian Not The Booker Prize, 2019)

Author Bio

K.M. Elkes lives and works in the West Country, UK. He has won or been placed in a number of international writing competitions, including the Manchester Fiction Prize, Fish Publishing Prize, Bath Flash Fiction Award, Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and the Bath Short Story Award. His short fiction has been published in more than 30 print anthologies in the UK and internationally, as well as literary magazines such as The Lonely Crowd, Unthology, Mechanic’s Institute Review, Short Fiction Journal and Structo. He is a short story tutor for Comma Press and has led workshops at the UK Flash Fiction Festival and for National Flash Fiction Day. His work has featured on BBC radio and on school and college curricula in the USA and China. In 2019, he was the recipient of an Arts Council England award.  

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