A Collection of Short Stories t only incorporates storylines of love and modern problems evident in today's society but also personal experiences of a miner's daughter. Author Gillian Fletcher-Edwards grew up in a mining family of the fifties and sixties, from which many of her stories and life philosophies grew. -Marged Evans- is the story of two people who drifted apart. Marged allowed the breakup to affect her life, but her receipt of a Christmas card from her long-lost lover changes everything. -The Bully- is apt for people of every age and culture and will encourage people to deal with bullies in a healthy manner. -The Annual Outing- is a reflection of the miners' holidays when, regardless of the weather, people in droves escaped the bleakness of mining life. -The Cottage on the Hill: A Mologue- illustrates how people are often undervalued for their work and general loyalty, passed over for yes-men. -The Raindrop- shows how people can change from being friendly to hostile when necessities are scarce. Fletcher-Edwards hopes that through her stories, people will t forget the struggles that miners' families--wherever in the world they live--often experience.