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Richard Madelin has published stories in London Magazine, The Guardian and Heinemann's Best Short Stories. Readings of his stories also have been broadcast on BBC Radio. He currently is working on his first novel. Richard can be reached via email at


The Gift

Issue No. 50 ~ July, 2001

I decided to leave on the day I was given a baby with my bottle of vodka. On a dark January morning we stood waiting in line under the high, blank wall of the factory, under the tall chimney that meant so much to us. …