A Brave New World Excerpt from Age and the Antique Sideboard by author Barbara Spencer #Author’sCorner #WordPressWednesday

A Brave New World Excerpt from Age and the Antique Sideboard by author Barbara Spencer #Author’sCorner #WordPressWednesday

The following was published in the Fabulous February Edition of The Writer’s Grapevine a monthly news and literary magazine found at: https://groups.io/g/writersGV and at: https://pattysworlds.com/writers-grapevine/

A Brave New World

Excerpt from Age and the Antique Sideboard


Barbara Spencer

Once upon a time I possessed a very nice and very cheap mobile phone. It cost £10. And, yes, maybe I did carry it about for two years before learning how to text. But I did learn, at least enough to text my granddaughter, to inform her I was parked outside the school gates. And, yes, maybe it did spend most of the time switched off so I missed alerts from Orange and an occasional ‘missed call’ from my granddaughter … but it worked. And it was there in an emergency, which is what I needed.

Then one night I saw my daughter’s phone.

With the consummate ease of an Olympic gymnast, she flipped through photographs, maps, books, more photographs, train timetables … and it was big and luxurious looking, and as drool-worthy as chocolate cake.

And so I entered the world of modernity and bought a really, really, proper phone – you know the type you have to recharge every night and it already has a Google App installed that tells you where to go and takes a picture of it.

A tutorial from my daughter and I am away.

Next day, a second tutorial from my daughter.

Unfortunately, this time I am not wearing my glasses, so haven’t a clue what she is on about when she points to a blue blob on the screen and announces this is where I live.

This is followed next day by a tutorial from my granddaughter.

She introduces me to QWERTY and would kill for a phone like mine. To show me how to use it, she snatches it away, presses keys at the speed of light, says, ‘there you are’ and hands the phone back, leaving me none the wiser.

A week later and I am asking myself why did I bother. I really was quite content to take a book in my handbag, read a map, and charge the battery on my old phone every three weeks or so.


First published in Fashion Magazine in 1969, Barbara Spencer embarked on a highly colourful career spanning three continents in which she was caught up in riots, wars, and choosing Miss World. An award-winning children’s author, Barbara is now writing fantasy/magical realism for an older audience.


The Year the Swans Came

Children of Zeus: Book 1 – The Click of a Pebble

Book 2 – An Ocean of White Wings

Book 3 – The Drumming of Heels (Oct. 2020)

Age and the Antique Sideboard


Deadly Pursuit: Book 1 – Running

Book 2 – Turning Point Time Breaking


For Children

The Amazing Brain of O C Longbotham

Legend of the Five Javean

The Jack Burnside Adventures: Book 1 – A Dangerous Game

Book 2 – The Bird Children

Book 3 – The Lions of Trafalgar


A Fishy Tail

A Serious Case of Chicken-itis

See her work at: https://www.barbaraspencer.co.uk

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