Becoming Someone


“The burdens slipped away with each mile of tarmac.”

Delve into these short stories by Polari-Prize shortlisted author Anne Goodwin, and discover if identity is a given, or if we can choose the someone we become.

338 pages (70,000 words)

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What shapes the way we see ourselves?

An administrator is forced into early retirement; a busy doctor needs a break. A girl discovers her sexuality; an older man explores a new direction for his. An estate agent seeks adventure beyond marriage; a photojournalist retreats from an overwhelming world. A woman reduces her carbon footprint; a woman embarks on a transatlantic affair. A widow refuses to let her past trauma become public property; another marks her husband’s passing in style.

Thought-provoking, playful and poignant, these 42 short stories address identity from different angles, examining the characters’ sense of self at various points in their lives. What does it mean to be a partner, parent, child, sibling, friend? How important is work, culture, race, religion, nationality, class? Does our body, sexuality, gender or age determine who we are?


Anne Goodwin loves fiction for the freedom to contradict herself and has been scribbling stories ever since she could hold a pencil. During her career as an NHS clinical psychologist her focus was on helping other people tell their neglected stories to themselves. Her first book, Sugar and Snails, was shortlisted for the Polari Prize in 2015.

Alongside her identity as a writer, Anne will admit to being a sociable introvert; recovering psychologist; voracious reader; slug slayer; struggling soprano; and tramper of moors.

You can learn more about Anne Goodwin by visiting her author page here on the IQ website.

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Anne Goodwin
Category: Short Stories / Literary
Release Date: November 2018

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-908600-77-6
Pages: 338
RRP: £9.99 / 12.99€ / $14.99

Format: eBook (MOBI & ePUB)
ISBN: 978-1-908600-78-3
RRP: £3.49 / 3.99€ / $3.99


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This is a varied collection which shows you different aspects of identity and what gives an individual a sense of self. You can dip into it or pick a story to read and can be sure that there will be a thought-provoking look at what it is to ‘be’. In short: Powerful writing which examines what makes a person.

Books, Life and Everything

Anne Goodwin has such an observant eye for human motivation and behaviour.

Literary Flits

I loved the way the author was willing to play around and try different techniques, including one story in second person. Highly recommended.

Dorothy Winsor, author of The Wind Reader

To call these stories ‘psychological studies’ might not be quite accurate, but it’s close … All of them share Anne Goodwin’s perceptive, sympathetic insights.

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