Jen Campbell reads from her short story collection

The fantastic author, poet and booktuber Jen Campbell has written a wonderful book of stories titled The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night, which is now out in paperback.

It’s a stunning collection of 12 haunting stories, featuring mermaids, mini-apocalypses, spirits in jam-jars and much more. These are modern fairy tales positively brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.

To celebrate the paperback release of this very special book, we’ve got an exclusive audio extract of Jen herself reading one of the stories from the collection, Bright White Hearts, a sumptuous rumination on identity and love, with a side order of mermaids.

Grab a cuppa and listen below!

Head to our Instagram for a chance to win one of 5 beautiful paperback copies of The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night.

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