The Owl and The Turkey

The Owl and The Turkey

by Debbie Young

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The Owl and The Turkey by Debbie Young

A light-hearted, old-fashioned short story for the festive season. Find out what happens when a new young Queen, bored of wild boar, challenges her huntsmen to find a new dish fit for the royal Christmas feast. Is this tale the real reason that we eat turkey at Christmas? Probably not, as I made it all up. Happy Christmas to all who read it, whatever you're having for the your Christmas dinner.

(No birds were harmed in the writing of this book.)

This story was previously published on the author's website ( and was subsequently chosen to feature behind a door of the Mumsnet Advent Calendar 2012.


"Crisp, clever and fast-paced, this short story received my highest recommendation." Ginger Dawn Harman

"If you're looking for a fun new holiday story, it's well worth the 99c to check this one out." Shay Tressa De Simone

"I really enjoyed it... It had all the elements; first, a question; second, a quest; third conflict; fourth characterisation and finally the answer – well, an answer! A real hoot!" (Shaun Ivory, author of "No More Heroes" and "The Judas Cup")

"Cute.... deliciously random... funny to boot. Has given me food for thought.... Made me come away smiling. Thank you." (David Ellis, blogger at

"Definitely my favourite of your stories so far!" (Helena Mallett, author of "Flash Fraction: 75 x 75")

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046270686
Publisher: Hawkesbury Press
Publication date: 12/13/2013
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 724,041
File size: 335 KB

About the Author

Debbie Young  is an English writer of fiction and non-fiction. 

Her fiction has been described as "very subtle, very English, very clever" by novelist Marius Gabriel. Calum Kerr, founder of National Flash Fiction Day, says "Debbie Young's attention to detail brings the extraordinary out of the everyday".

With two volumes of short stories now published (Quick Change and Stocking Fillers), a growing collection of stand-alone single short stories in digital form, and more stories included in anthologies, she is currently working on her first novel. 

Debbie Young's non-fiction includes self-help books for other authors, such as Sell Your Books! and Opening Up To Indie Authors. She is Commissioning Editor of the self-publishing advice blog of the Alliance of Independent Authors. 

She is an enthusiastic blogger at the Young By Name blog on her author website.

She takes inspiration from both village life and her travels in the family camper van with her Scottish husband and their young daughter.

She is never bored.

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