Champagne & Lemonade Blurb
Champagne & Lemonade is a delightful collection of eclectic short stories, taking readers on a journey to different times and places, meeting a sparkling cast of well-drawn characters.
Nibble the fish is desperate to escape his boring old pond.
A new breed of super hero has been born and his name is Bob Cheesecake.
Dumpton Hospital’s staff have a somewhat unconventional approach to looking after their patients.
Robert Hood is on a mission to save modern England.
And just who is the vampire terrorising the neighbourhood from his home at 113A Greenstone Street?
From the quixotic to the poignant, John A. D. Hickling’s wild and whimsical tales fizz with fun and are sure to entertain almost everyone!
About John Hickling
Proud father and grandfather, and jack of all trades John A.D. Hickling currently lives with his family in Nottingham. A lover of music, especially 60’s rock, John has previously recorded two independent albums, appeared in comedy band Space Cadets on Britain’s Got Talent and is an active member of Masque Productions amateur theatre group. His debut book, Champagne & Lemonade (published by Clink Street Publishing June 5th 2016 RRP £6.99 paperback, RRP £3.99 ebook) is available to purchase from online retailers including amazon.co.uk and to order from all good bookstores. For more information please visit www.johnchewyhickling.com
6 CHAMPAGNE & LEMONADE.
You might want to think twice before going to Dumpton hospital, especially when you’ll be left in the hands of some Dumpton’s most eccentric staff.
My name is James Higgins, Higgo, and this is the place where I spend my working days. I stay here mainly for the laughs and the well-being of the patients, which at least takes your mind off the poor pay — I think the volunteers earn more! I work as a hospital porter.
The short story Champagne and Lemonade is told through the eyes of hospital porter James Higgins, also known as ‘Higgo’. Higgo works at Dumpton Hospital and, as we begin to see the hospital through his eyes, it appears to be very aptly named. The person in charge wants employees to work longer hours for less pay and with less staff; this creates a flurry of activity in preparation of an inspection by health officials. Hilarity ensues as the staff tries their best to prevent them from seeing things they didn’t want them to see.
Hickling fills this tale with a cast of quirky characters who spend their time between tasks gossiping with one another and enjoying the latest mishap of the day. It took a bit for me to get into the groove of the story, but that’s not unusual for me when it comes to short stories. It was a fast, fun read.