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Caribbean Edition Published by Blue Banyan Books (Jamaica)

No one is good enough for Josephine Cadogan's Dad. Not since her mom died. Good thing she's a master at creating booby traps to stop new girlfriends from coming into their lives.

No one survives her tricks, until Mariss comes along.

No matter what anyone else says, Josephine knows there is something ‘fishy’ about Mariss. She is just too perfect. But Mariss proves much more difficult to get rid of than the others. And maybe it’s all the stories about baccoos and douens, and other mythical creatures from Miss Mo, champion fish de-boner of Fairy Vale, or maybe it’s all the missing pets, but Josephine begins to suspect there is something downright spooky about Mariss. But will she be able to get to the bottom of the mystery?”

“A delightful story that is charmingly funny. With a folktale antagonist, the shenanigans that result as the main character fights to preserve her bonds of family and friendship are heartwarming.”

CODE Burt Judges 2018

*WARNING: Contains story spoilers

"...a series of eye-openers that assures you, with both humour and pathos leavened into its recipe, to reconsider your initial premises — there are still stories being told daily that will tickle and titillate you."

"...the stories were terrific. They were various, fast paced, surprising and rich with detail, helping me stay in Barbados just a little bit longer—even if this wasn't the Barbados I glimpsed from my lounge-chair. Another side of a beautiful country, and the light is just as bright..."

"...captures the energy of something that for the Caribbean person is quite familiar, while giving the reader a fresh and unusual experience of it, and deeper insight."

Joanne Hilhouse,

Wadadli Pen

"An absolutely provocative collection of vignettes that captures the "underside" of Caribbean culture. "In Time of Need" simultaneously shocks, delights and worries the reader. The language is light, crisp, fresh, oft playful, belying the serious social issues threading through the stories."

Michelle Springer

Novel Niche,

A Place for Books

Kerry Clare,

Pickle Me This

A collection of award-winning Barbadian stories that showcase the controversial and often hidden aspects of the supposed Caribbean paradise. The themes of love and relationships, domestic and emotional abuse, politics in the rum shop, sex tourism and human trafficking and more, are narrated in a satirical and humorous style, often through the voices of innocent and naïve characters.

  • Winner of the Governor General Award for Excellence in Literary Fiction


  • Featuring 8 stories first published by local, regional and international literary journals, such as Journal of Caribbean Literatures, Caribbean Writer, POUI and Arts Etc


  • Featuring NIFCA award winning stories, including those which won UNICEF Award for Short Fiction which best showcase the rights of a child, and Barbados Manufacturers' Award for Short Fiction which best represents Bajan Culture.

Senseisha is a collection of truly intimate, non-fiction stories written by Caribbean women.


From a girl’s first period to the elation of a first orgasm, Senseisha takes us on a journey of love, lust, pain and pleasure, and the ongoing internal conflict between love for God, and love for sex.


Here are the lives of every day Caribbean women, including a young woman who finally finds the confidence to express her love for women to her mother, a married woman whose delightful dessert helps to sweeten up her marriage, and a woman who finds herself caught up in an abusive ménage a trois.


Experience intimacy only shared between close friends, where female writers aren’t afraid to describe who they are and how they feel. These memoirs will make you giggle, laugh, cry, curse, coo and yes, climax!

Edited by Shakirah Bourne & Juliette Maughan.