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''They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes,
Within a dream.''


2014 Pushcart Prize nominee. (more)


Many stories and poems published worldwide.
My work is raw and from experience and observations.


Contact: anthonyjlangford2@yahoo.com.au

Opening paragraphs - Bottomless River - now in Bookstores! Plus first review


         

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          I suppose the three of us were in love. I don’t think I’m changing history by saying that. It may sound a little provocative, but it certainly didn’t last. But what if it had? Could it have been sustained? Would I go back to that one summer night in particular and do things differently? I guess we’d all like to go back to some aspect of our past and change it if we could. I know many people say that you should live life with no regrets, but how can that be? Are they perfect? Do they not make mistakes? Recognise missed opportunities? It seems that my entire life since those early days have been filled with regret. It’s hard to believe I was once such a positive person.
         It was over sixteen years ago now, when tomorrow was a bright and flawless artwork just waiting for the brush strokes and all that mattered was that very moment. I think most people feel that at seventeen. The only thing in the world that meant anything was the friendship between Tom and Jen and I. She was beautiful, in a tomboyish, country way. Yet she was only just becoming aware of how striking she was. Tom and I had stirrings for her for some time, but we had not given voice to it for fear it would tarnish our three way friendship. As though it was a secret too great to risk sharing. Little did we know that by the simple act of suppressing our adolescent desires, only made them flourish. It was like trying to hold back a wave of greedy shoppers at a stocktake sale. When our desire was finally released, we were trampled underfoot.



Bottomless River has received it's first review, by reviewer and writer Graham Clements. He said that it 'has an emotional punch thrown by believable characters.' And The main character’s inner turmoil seemed so realistic that I thought the writer had to be writing from experience.
You can read the full review here


Bottomless River is now available in two fantastic bookstores in Sydney, Better Read than Dead in Newtown and Gleebooks in Glebe, both with more character than a Dickens novel.

Also through http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/fiction.html or directly through me, with a variety of payment options. Simply email me and I'll talk you through it.

When you receive the book, email me with a sentence from the first page and receive a PDF of the Background to the story of Bottomless River PLUS a PDF about the Writing of the novella.

BUT wait there's more! (Always wanted to say that.) You will also receive a never before released short story, called Flipping the Stone, inspired by a friend.

So that's the actual  book, Bottomless River.
PLUS  A signed mini-booklet of poems.
           A PDF of the Background to the story.
           A PDF about the Writing of the story.
           A unpublished short story, called Flipping the Stone.

What a great idea! What are you waiting for?




Regret Runs Deep

But never sits idle.

6 comments:

  1. Last night I read The Bottomless River by Anthony J Langford.

    God! this was a hugely challenging read for me and I almost stopped during the first half. However it is written openly and honestly I was glad I stayed with it. The end is both beautiful and sad but has left me today feeling uplifted.

    Anthony's writing is so elequent (even when he's swearing to the maximum) I could feel myself there in the town and the characters, which while wasn't always a comfortable feeling. The emotions evoked were real and palpable. A very confronting and heartwrenching story. Anthony is a brave soul to be such a writer, it's so raw and confronting.

    Huge congratulations Anthony :D xxx

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  2. Bottomless River! I enjoyed it from the first few pages right through to the end. Only almost 60 pages but full of lessons, full of emotions, nothing gets confusing and that's what I like. I found myself very understanding of the main character in terms of thinking and decision-making. Like how he is innocent yet so guilty! The words and quotes describe the created atmosphere quite suitably. It moved me, especially towards the end as Tori's 'smells like teen spirit' was playing at the same time. The story flows well. A great read! BR goes on my bookshelf and will always be kept.

    Great job Anthony and thank you for signing my book! :D

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  3. Hi Anthony, I read Bottomless River, and I have to say I barely could stop each time my train ride journey came to an end. There was just something about that story that made me NEED to keep reading. A fantastic piece of work that you can be very proud of. I only hope that it is a begining of something big for you. Well done, and thank you for sharing it with us! Best wishes with your Launch next week!

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  4. I'll be buying and reading this soon! These reviews make we want to do it sooner rather than later...

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  5. Thank you so much Sally, Zakii, Chris and Pat. I appreciate your thoughts, feedback, support and friendship.

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