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This second collection of short fiction by Lesley Hayes is called ‘Without a Safety Net’ with good reason. The people in these stories have all arrived at a turning point in their lives, and in very different ways face an uncertain leap into an unknown future. Their predicaments lay bare the intricacy of human relationship and emotion, and the choices we feel compelled to ...more
Kindle Edition, 113 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Amazon Kindle
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Max Power
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read three other books by Lesley Hayes so I came to this one to some degree, knowing what to expect and based on her other books, my expectations were high. There is something in the way Lesley writes that brings her characters to life, much better than almost any other writer that I have come across. There is often a sadness blended with stoicism that I find very real and touching. Her opening story is beautiful and the title is taken from it, but one of the reasons I often shy away from ...more
Michelle Bryan
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have to start off by saying short story collections are not usually my cup of tea. I'm more of a dystopian type of gal. But I will be the first to admit I loved this book by Lesley Hayes and then some! Without A Safety Net is stuffed to overflowing with every range of human emotion, loneliness, despair, sadness, loss but also hope and triumph. Each and every story will resonate with you on some level and you will find yourself saying 'yep, been there, done that'. The writing captured me instan ...more
Sarah Stuart
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love short stories; they’re such a marvellous way of “switching off” at the end of the day. At least, that's my theory! The problem with books written by Lesley Hayes is it never works, and it didn’t with Without a Safety Net. From the title story to the last, Memoir of Nineteen Fifty-Six, Hilary’s story, cleverly told in the present tense whilst she ponders on the past, I was invariably tempted to read “just one more”. My favourite was, and remains, Through A Glass Darkly; it left me less reg ...more
P.A. Rudders
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fine collection of stories from Lesley Hayes. The title 'Without a Safety Net' really does epitomise the premise of the stories here, that there are no guarantees when it comes to love and relationships or indeed life in general. Once again, the reader is treated to an eclectic array of super short stories delving into the psyche of the characters. Each of these stories is as much an exploration of the characters themselves as the events and relationships they feature in. As in all the a ...more
Tom Thorpe
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An engrossing collection of short stories about a range of very different characters who have reached a tipping point in their lives when their futures are unclear and, potentially, dangerous. You'll read this and find yourself saying "Yes, it was just like that...."

Tom Benson
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A work of fiction doesn’t come with a guarantee of satisfaction unless it carries an author name in which you as a reader have complete confidence—Lesley Hayes is one such author name.
I enjoy detail, imagery, characterisation, dialogue and good overall plotting. I leave the real world behind and invest in a book if the writing is good enough.
Of course, in many stories, there are elements of a bitter wind accompanied by stinging raindrops, the fragrances in a garden, or the intimate sensation of
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Katerina Sestakova novotna
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding collection of short stories reflecting the author’s deep knowledge of human nature. While some writers focus on action and others on descriptions of settings or people’s physical appearance, Lesley Hayes’ emphasis seems to rest on the brilliant psychology of her characters. After reading just a few pages, I often feel as if I knew the characters very well. I have developed a very intimate bond with some of them and I keep wondering how this is possible. I think that the me ...more
Robert Jr.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sadness and yearning are the center of life - love a fantasy portrayed in movies and novels as the redeemer for all that is wrong and needed. We search for meaning in our own individual way during our small amount of time we exist - formed by the actioins of others and trapped in our thoughts that are never truly inderstood by another human being (even a husband or wife). We try to build our persona to fit the crowd even though in many cases the crowd is bad, but at least it is a place one finds ...more
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Lesley Hayes was born in Deptford, in South East London, in 1948, and started writing almost as soon as she could talk. Her first story was published when she won a literary competition at the age of 13. Between 1966 and 1992 she was regularly and prolifically published in literary and women's magazines, writing stories, serials and articles, and in 1986 had a novel published called 'Keeping Secre ...more

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