The Little Book of Northern Women

Cover image, The Little Book of Northern Women by JY Saville

Ebook available (see below)

The Little Book of Northern Women is, as the title suggests, a collection of stories in which women from the north of England feature rather prominently. From the 1930s to the present day with a couple of stops in between, domineering matriarchs, put-upon daughters and stoic mothers carve out their lives with a supporting cast of sisters, aunts, and even the occasional husband. They are gentle, angry, strong, defiant, bemused. Some of the stories are light-hearted, others quite dark.

In August 2013 I recorded Not Such a Cold Fish, the short-short story that ends the book (and the only one of the nine stories that had previously been published) – give it a listen at

You can also listen to me reading Viv’s 64th at

These wordclouds of each story should whet your appetite:


How to obtain the ebook

You can download it as a pdf under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence then pay what you like (yes, that includes paying nothing). If you do feel like contributing to my tea, biscuit and biro fund, use this button to take you to my Ko-fi page:


I’d love to know what any readers think of this collection – feel free to leave a comment below.



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