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An independent magazine of original true stories, established in 2020

Friends On The Shelf is an independent literary magazine that publishes true, real-life stories from a wide variety of people. Friends On The Shelf’s authors range from completely new writers to well-known names. And their stories vary, too – some are funny, some tragic, some extraordinary, and some are simply a celebration of everyday life. Each issue is a wonderful glimpse into the lives of others.

>> Read more about Friends On The Shelf

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Issue 9 Writers:

Stuart Maconie – Breakfast With Renato

Louisa Cunningham – Fifty-Seven Fairies

Charlie Higson – Laurel and Hardy

Carl Heap – Fearless Frank

David Cummings – Jobs I Have Known

Margo Buchanan – Social Worker

Fritz Catlin – Bingo's Coffin

Natalie Salaman – Rays of Light

Sam Green – A Mugging

Roberta Planer – I Have Never Ever …

Ingrid Sofrin – Dad's Story

Jill Donker Curtius – My Gorilla Sister

Timothy Sowula – Locked Up Love

Teresa Robertson – The Most Unlikely Candidate

Dennis Paul Yandoli – The Real Thing 

Lucy Rumble – People Like That

Mary Oketcho-Dicks – Room 5  

Martin Ling – Courtney

Susan Healey – Ruby and Me

Chrissie Charlton – The Street Where You Live

Clare St. John – Summer of '76

Sam Durham – The Queen Is Dead

Fran Deacon – Le Franglais

Cloud Downey – Home, A Wartime Memory

Ilan Adler – The Gift of Sharing


'I love everything about this publication – its beautiful illustrations, its immaculate design, its book-size format and its finely chiselled, funny, charming, poignant and often very moving true stories, some a unique slant on things we’ve all experienced, others a ticket to somewhere new and extraordinary. A great escape – and there’s never been a time we needed one more.'

Mark Ellen, magazine editor, broadcaster and journalist

' … Friends On The Shelf feels rather like tales told by the most interesting new friends gathered around a dinner table by firelight … '

Much Ado Books, Alfriston

'Reading the varied stories is like spending time with an amusing raconteur … they make you laugh, cringe, be moved or surprised, and connect with what it means to be human. Memoir at its best'

Vanessa Nicolson, Sunday Times serialised memoirist, novelist and contributor to Issue 6

'A fascinating snapshot of life in our times. You never know where an issue is going to take you … we hope FOTS inspires and delights you as much as it does us'

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Writing for FOTS is a real pleasure … it's been a privilege to see my words treated with such respect.'

Iqbal Hussain, runner-up in the Evening Standard short story competition '22 and regular FOTS contributor

Thank you for believing in my story and publishing it in FOTS'

Lotie Parker, contributor to Issue 7

'I feel proud to be in such good company.'

David Wickers, award-winning travel writer

and contributor to Issues 1 and 2

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Start your subscription with either the latest magazine,

(Issue 8 sent straightaway) OR with Issue 9 (out March 2024) 

FOTS subscribers receive the following benefits:

•  Each issue comes with a letterpress-printed bookmark.

•  Previous issues are ONLY £4 each (normally £7 each). 

•  Subscribers receive invitations to our bi-annual events.

•  Subscribers receive issues for ONLY £8 each (normally £10 each).

   P&P is added at checkout – price varies according to country.

   We send all UK post by Second Class Royal Mail.

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Listen to the interview that we did for Monocle Radio to find out why we decided to start Friends On The Shelf, and what inspired us to take on this hefty but incredibly rewarding project! Click on the image (left)

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