Everyday Kindness is a charity anthology of short, fictional stories of kindness, edited by LJ Ross. These uplifting tales of hope and of small, everyday kindnesses are intended to support wider, positive mental health goals and foster wellbeing through the act of reading tales of goodwill inspired by others. Featuring authors across the spectrum of literature, some international bestsellers and award-winning writers amongst them, this is a unique collection of words.
All proceeds from the book will be donated to Shelter, a charity that helps millions of people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness.
Authors include: LJ Ross, Adam Hamdy, Alex Smith, Alexander Gordon Smith, Alison Stockham, Anne O’Leary, Barbara Copperthwaite, J.D. Kirk, C.L. Taylor, Caroline Mitchell, Chris McDonald, C.K. McDonnell, Claire Sheehy, Clare Flynn, Darren O’Sullivan, David Leadbeater, Debbie Young, Deborah Carr, Emma Robinson, Graham Brack, Hannah Lynn, Heather Martin, Holly Martin, Ian Sainsbury, Imogen Clark, James Gilbert, Jane Corry, Jean Gill, J.J. Marsh, Judith O’Reilly, Kelly Clayton, Kim Nash, Leah Mercer, Liz Fenwick, Louise Beech, Louise Jensen, Louise Mumford, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Marcia Woolf, Mark Stay, Marcie Steele, Natasha Bache, Nick Jackson, Nick Quantrill, Nicky Black, Patricia Gibney, Rachel Sargeant, Rob Parker, Rob Scragg, S.E. Lynes, Shelley Day, Casey Kelleher, Sophie Hannah, Victoria Connelly, Victoria Cooke, Will Dean.
This anthology of short stories brings together some of the best writers around at the moment to share their fictional tales of kindness. But the biggest act of kindness of all is that all proceeds go to the charity Shelter who help and support those who are homeless or living in unacceptable housing conditions.
LJ Ross is one of the most supportive and busiest authors around so I’m amazed she’s found the time to organise and edit this very special anthology which has been perfectly put together. There are a wide variety of different writing styles and genres but all of them have acts of kindness at their heart. There truly is something for everyone here and many of my favourite authors have contributed their work. I had my favourites ofcourse and there were plenty of them. But one of them touched me so unexpectedly that I ended up telling it to a group of children the next day in school! And that was A Wave of Love by Barbara Copperthwaite which was a moving and heartwarming story that left me with more than a few tears in my eyes! There are so many more that I want to mention too but then this review would probably be as long as this 600 plus page anthology!
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. We all need a reminder of the acts of human kindness (especially after the past few years of isolation that have changed some people’s lives permanently with the losses they have suffered) that surround us but that we are often blind to. It’s a book you can dip into whenever you fancy and know that your faith in human nature will be restored. I absolutely loved it and plan to buy a few for stocking fillers this Christmas.