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Debut Novel Under The Moss Out Now

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When Ben meets the enigmatic Sophie, they fall wildly in love. But when Sophie makes a secretive visit to a cemetery, she begins an unexplained fascination with moss that takes over their lives. As Sophie’s obsession with the tiny plants grows, Ben’s troubled past returns to haunt him. And in his attempts to calm an increasingly erratic Sophie, he must uncover the truth:

Why is Sophie hiding her past? 

Who is spying on the house? 

And what’s growing beneath the moss in the garden?

Finalist of the Page Turner Writing Awards and Long listed for the Laxfield Literary Launch Prize, Steven Mitchell’s sensational debut novel explores the quirks of obsession and how our past can destroy the present.  



Steven is a writer of novels and short stories from St Albans, UK. His first novel, Under the Moss, is published by SRL, and whilst writing his second, he writes short stories to discover new ideas and voices. His fiction has been published recently in Popshot and Café Lit magazines, and Under the Moss was a Page Turner Writing Award finalist and longlisted for the Laxfield Literary Launch Prize. He is the Chairperson of the 68-year-old Verulam Writers group.


We are all little islands,

Alone in the tumultuous sea.


A woman sees illnesses as colours. A jaguar escapes from a zoo. In the periphery, a ghost takes revenge. A day trip to see a whale. An arsonist brother terrorises a town. A man with a secret wakes as a beast. Feathers fly in a salt marsh shack. Two dead friends get hitched. Birds perch upside-down. A bus driver is haunted by noise. Elvis duets with a young fan. A man rants at the stars. A helium addiction is overcome.


Steven Mitchell’s debut collection of short stories blends warmth and humour with tragedy, illness, and death, while introducing us to a cast of characters experiencing loneliness in their own unique way.


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