A Modern Life is a collection of thirteen short stories for time-pressed readers. A reflection on the challenges of living in the twenty-first century, A Modern Life covers a multitude of contemporary themes and styles and are categorised as "sweet" for the lighter stories, "salty" for the serious ones and "sweet and salty" for those with a mixture of humour and pathos. The collection opens with five humorous stories all featuring strong elements of slapstick comedy. The introductory story "Pork Chops and Promiscuity," a tale of lesbian lust, sets the precedent for the remaining four comedic tales of office life, male striptease, amateur sleuthing and graveyard frolics. The following "salty" stories include tales of marriage, murder, suicide, child abduction, war, corruption and death. The collection ends with the "sweet and salty" story "Fantasia", set in the near future when Walt Disney awakes from cryogenic suspension to discover the world is not quite as he expected. A Modern Life is a diverse compilation of stories for readers who like to be thoroughly entertained with original comedy and thought-provoking contemporary drama.


“I would not change a single word” 
Hilary Johnson Authors' Advisory Service on the short story A Modern Life.

"The author, Jane Turley, is very talented. She has an interesting writing style and avoids being overly descriptive or long-winded. If you enjoy reading short stories, I believe you would enjoy reading all of these."
D Ross, Amazon.com

“ ‘No Returns’ reads more like a prose poem, full of exquisite turns of phrase.This is a desperate woman’s life in miniature, full of sexually poignant poetry and glimpses of everyday strangeness. A worthy winner.”
Ray Robinson, author of Forgetting Zoe and Electricity on the short story No Returns.

"I found myself laughing out loud in places. Part Laurel and Hardy, part Monty Python, I enjoyed them all."
 M Lower, Amazon.co.uk

“ReadWave are enormously pleased to publish Jane Turley's chilling but poignant story, The Princess and the Thief, and we're even more delighted that we can bring this story to readers across the world through our Worldreader program.”
Rob Tucker, CEO Readwave

You can read the entire first story Pork Chops and Promiscuity  free in a sample of A Modern Life here on Amazon.

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