Witches Sail In Eggshells

My debut collection of short stories Witches Sail in Eggshells was published by Reflex Press on 11th June 2019.

Witches Sail in Eggshells explores the themes of love, loss, the little ways we let each other down, and how we can find each other again. Among the collection are a number of prize-winning stories, and one which was chosen for inclusion in the prestigious anthology, Best British Short Stories 2018. The publisher describes the collection as “perceptive, intriguing, and beautifully told”.

The beautiful cover image was taken by my amazing friend and talented photographer, Laura Pashby (aka @circleofpines).

The book is available online via Reflex Press, and from bookshops local to Stroud (ISBN 978-1916-111509). 

It’s had some lovely reviews:

Bookbound Blog “To write accomplished short stories you need to be a true wordsmith, to be able to make each word and phrase count, to be able to paint a picture with few brush strokes and build a character and a plot in paragraphs not pages. Chloe Turner, has achieved this and more. Her short stories reflect a depth and maturity of writing which excited and enthralled me. Each individual story drew me in and held me for just the right about of time under it’s spell.”

Bookish Chat: “I adored this collection and know that it will take pride of place on my bookshelf. I am extremely excited to read more of Chloe Turner’s work.”

Linda’s Book Bag “I was unable to put down this remarkable book”

The Bobsphere “It’s been a while since I’ve read short stories which affected me so much. Never have I laughed, shivered and gawped so much. With Witches Sail in Eggshells Chloe Turner has made me look at short stories in a different way.”

A Life in Books:I was initially attracted to Chloe Turner’s debut collection by its cover. Such a lovely pared back image and once you’ve read what’s inside, you’ll find it’s entirely relevant, too. Witches Sail in Eggshells comprises seventeen short pieces – some just a couple of pages, others stretching over ten – all as smartly turned out as that jacket.”

Never Imitate – Jackie Law “The prose is taut and often exquisite. Each story carries unassuming weight and depth. I have been taking my time over each tale as I wished to savour the experience. Writing this consistently good is rare”

Ali BaconDespite knowing this author’s work already I was blown away by the quality of the writing- colourful and atmospheric, lyrical and yet precise. Each story is a gem of a different hue – some multi-faceted others daringly simple. A great collection and hopefully a sign of things to come.


If you are interested in reviewing the book or want to do an interview, please feel free to message me via the Contact Page. Thank you