"Sometimes you sit, watch the trains, the sunset, the rain.
Sometimes you talk. Tell your story if you've a mind to.
Trouble is, memory changes things.
Things you want to forget.
Things you want to remember that never happened.
Happens to everybody. Gets so, nobody's story's true.
Not yours, not mine. But it's all we got."
Read extracts from each story at www.firstandfiftieth.com.
Martin Foreman's latest collection of short stories comprises first person narratives spanning the globe from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles, Africa to Nepal, London to Siberia. Men and women from teenagers to grandparents each speak in a distinctive voice and with intense emotion as love and sex, violence and humour, anger and pathos meet in this kaleidoscope of human comedy and tragedy.
"The youthful yet already impressive Paradise Press goes from strength to strength with their publication of Martin Foreman's collection of first persona narratives . . . each contains a strong, distinctive and powerful voice, leading the collection as a whole to never be anything less than diverting." - Gay Times, April 2003
"engaging, told with style" - Gay Scotland
"Mr Foreman's style has evidently had a lot of attention lavished on it, not to mention careful study of the human race in its multiplicity of forms" - Tregolwyn Book Reviews