Naked Shingles of the World

Naked Shingles of the World cover

Naked Shingles of the World is a short story which is the first in the Inheritance series crossing over the worlds of Mary Renault’s The Charioteer and the Marlow novels of Antonia Forest. You might like to refer to their suggested reading order, chronology & series information.

Wandering along the beach at Deauville in 1934, 20 year old Ralph Lanyon feels himself isolated, marked out by the catastrophe a year ago which exiled him forever from the chattering, upper-middle class English holiday-makers who now surround him. Then he hears his name being called by a woman sitting at a beach table behind one of the grand hotels.

For Shezan, as a birthday gift.

Warnings: The author chooses not to warn.

Advisory: Never engage in drinking contests with strange women of a certain age; they have, by definition, had a lot more time to practise. Also, if using Joyce’s Ulysses for divination purposes, be aware that “think about sex” “go to the pub” and “eat offal” are by far the most likely outcomes. If choosing beach pyjamas, always check how they look from the back. It won’t stop randoms criticising, but at least you’ll know on which side justice lies.

As ever, thanks to caulkhead for betaing.

The main cover image is based upon a photograph of ‘Plage de Deauville’ (Deauville beach in Normandy, France 2008) by Kamel15. The fonts used in this book are from the Source Serif Pro font family by Frank Grießhammer.

The images and fonts were used under license detailed on their respective website pages at the date of this book publication.

As usual, Russ from shoes for industry designed the book cover, produced the books and compiled the on-line work.

The opinions, prejudices, faults and spelling herein are all my own work, and I apologise in advance for them.

This short story is rated Teen (15). You might also like to consider other books set in the Antonia Forest or Mary Renault fandoms or read more books in the Inheritance series.

- First Edition: 26th Apr 2015
- 2nd Edition: 16th May 2021

This work is created as a transformative work on a not-for-profit basis. All rights in the underlying properties are those of their respective holders.

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