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Topolino

A victim of a workplace accident, Dave lives alone. His Postlady’s daily visit is one of the highlights of an otherwise dull life. He used to be able to win over women like Mandy easily with his chat. Now they just seem to pity him. People form Social Services and various charities call round to help with making adjustments to his kitchen and bathrooms, but they make him feel like an old person. He just wants his old life back. But that’s not going to happen.

One day a woman from an accident claims company call-centre telephones to offer help making a personal injury claim. Happy for the company, Dave tells her at length all about his accident. Soon the whole call-centre is listening-in. Dave enjoys the attention, but all does not end well.

There is humour in this story but pathos is the overriding emotion.

 

AUTHOR

Mark Swain

 

PUBLISHED

13 May 2013

 

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Digital

 

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English

 

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Mark Swain was born in Singapore in 1958, where his father was stationed in the RAF. He has lived in many countries, and as a young man found it hard to break the habit of a nomadic life, spending a great deal of his youth hitchhiking around Europe.With a low boredom threshold, Mark has had dozens of jobs and quite a few careers, but only one wife. Studying Graphic Design at Hastings College of Art, he ran off and joined the Army in search of adventure. Later he found himself travelling the world on the QE2 as a silver-service waiter and caught up in a war. This life has given him plenty of source material and inspiration for writing.Mark particularly enjoys the Short Story form, admiring American short story writers such as Raymond Carver, Richard Brautigan and Richard Ford as well as classic short story writers Franz Kafka and Anton Chekov. He is also a great admirer of George Orwell, John Steinbeck, Norman Maclean, Albert Camus and Jonathan Raban. Two collections of Mark's own short stories - including the award winning story 'Special Treatment' - have been released by his UK publisher, Tinderbox Publishing Ltd along with the bestselling "Long Road, Hard Lessons" a non-fiction book with photographs and maps about a 10,000-mile life-changing cycle journey he made with his teenage son from Ireland to Japan.Shoehorned into his busy life, Mark enjoys film, motorcycling, long-board surfing, cycle touring, English micro-pubs, growing vegetables, travelling in his VW Camper-van, drawing, painting and sculpture. He is at home in England, but is constantly travels.



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