My flash fiction novella, Three Men on the Edge, about three troubled men living on the edge of London, is new from V. Press in June 2018. Set in a Hertfordshire ‘edgeland’ neither fully rural nor fully urban, this three-part novella unfolds through a series of individual short-short stories. Three distinct story sequences explore the daily lives of the men as their desires lead them towards crisis – Denholm – Cause for Alarm, Gus – The Invisible World, and Martyn – Chewing Glass.

Link to Book (including extracts)


“A beautifully crafted novella-in-flash, small and perfect slices of life written with skill and heart.” (Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon, shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award 2016)

“In his debut novella Michael Loveday sketches with a delicate brush the colourful lives of three troubled men living on the edge of London. With poetic language and emotional precision, Loveday writes like a cartographer about the wilderness we call ‘the human heart’.” (Meg Pokrass, author of The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down, and winner of the 2016 Blue Light Book Award)

“This is a novella full of the aches and bruises left by loneliness. It’s written in fragments, like a bottle smashed during a solitary boozing session, but it coheres around the vividly captured edgeland that haunts the three men. This is a heart-felt book, but its prose is controlled by a steely intelligence. It’s funny, too – and moving and scary. Michael Loveday is a name to watch. He’s writing a new kind of fiction.” (David Swann, author of  The Privilege of Rain, shortlisted for the 2010 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry)


“Michael Loveday’s “Three Men on the Edge” (V. Press, 2018) reminds me of why I love the novella-in-flash form.(Charmaine Wilkerson, author of How to Make a Window Snake, winner of the Saboteur Best Novella Award 2018. Read the rest of the review at Charm’s Pen)

“Exciting, compelling and very readable… it deserves to reach a wide audience’” (Sarah Westcott, author of Slant Light and winner of the Venture Poetry Award. Read the rest of the review here)

“…This book is a rummage through the storerooms of the human heart with all its fears, its passions, its yearnings, its failures, its betrayals.” (Frances Spurrier, winner of the 2014 Cinnamon Press Collection Award. Read the rest of the review at Volatile Rune)

“Clever, clean and economically written… Three Men on the Edge is a triumph.” (Joel Hames-Clarke, author of the Sam Williams trilogy, 5-star review here at Amazon and Goodreads)

“The beauty of this book, overall, is its not-neatness, its focus on the out-of-focus, its one minute a story, its next minute a footnote, its edginess, its familiarity, its murkiness, it’s really good.” (Jonathan Cardew at Bending Genres)

“An outstanding work of fiction. Three Men on the Edge is a remarkable first book.” (Myra Schneider, poet and fiction writer, author of The Door to Colour, 5-star review here at Amazon)