Blog Tour Review: A Baby is a Thing Best Whispered by Keely O’Shaughnessy

About the book…

Good morning all!

And welcome to my blog tour review for the brand new flash collection from Keely O’Shaughnessy A Baby is a Thing Best Whispered.

First off I am going to ask if you have ever heard a better title for a flash collection?! Because I love this one and it alone would be enough to pull me in and make me want to read this book!!!

But believe me there is so much more to this collection than a cracking title. This is a collection which gets to the heart of families and their complexities. It takes us on a journey from childhood to marriage, parenthood and back again.

From the very beginning and, indeed the title story, these stories pack an emotional punch. They take the important, pivotal moments of life and dive under the surface, pushing beneath the skin of feelings and responses, and pushing boundaries too.

Keely has a unique and beautiful insight into the everyday, often drifting into the lands of myth and magic. Her writing twists and subverts like the darkest of fairy tales. Mothers, sisters and daughters dance darkly through these pages, each with their own strangely beautiful tale to tell.

It is hard to pick a favourite, or even favourites from these stories. However stories that really spoke to me were the deliciously quirky What if we breathed through our skin?, the heartbreaking How to bake cookies when your child is dying? , and the tension filled The Locked Cupboard.

But please, don’t just take my word for any of this!! Get out there order you own copy by clicking right here.

About the author …

Keely O’Shaughnessy is a fiction writer with Cerebral Palsy, who lives in Gloucestershire, U.K with her husband and two cats.

She has been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and won Retreat West’s Monthly Micro contest. Her micro-chapbook, The Swell of Seafoam was published by Ghost City Press’.

Her writing has been published by Ellipsis Zine, Complete Sentence, Reflex Fiction and Emerge Literary Journal.

Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize as well as Best Small Fictions.

She is managing Editor at Flash Fiction Magazine. Find her at

And there is more…

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