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singer, songwriter, comedian, author, poet, broadcaster and multi-instrumentalist

The Virgin Of The Discos

This first collection of short stories from Mike Harding contains some of the best short stories written in the last twenty years including Death Valley Nude, The Cowardly Barber and When The Birds Came Back To Belsen.
Several of these stories have been broadcast on radio and Mike is planning a CD and Cassette of readings of the stories for later in 2000.
A new book of short stories A Dream Of Fair Horses is just coming to fruition.



Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; Reissue edition (1 Jan 1998)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0860518957
ISBN-13: 978-0860518952

Hopalong Cassidy in a Manchester back alley; a man who could have murdered Hitler but didn’t; an old lady who sees the Mother of God in the sky; the Scots drunk who hears the Devil in the African bush; the egg-bound husband who finally flips – these are just some of the subjects of this first collection of highly original and entertaining tales from Mike Harding. In this book, Harding – who already has a wide following as a comedian , broadcaster, writer, traveller and photographer – shows that he is also a master of the art of the narrative. His tales all have their own moral sub-text, a twist in the tale that explores and extends the old tradition of storytelling.

‘It didn’t happen in my time and it
didn’t Happen in your time, but it
must have happened in somebody’s
time; or else how could I be telling
you about it?’

How an Irish Seanchai traditionally
began his tales