Christmas launch of Ugly as Sin

When George Orwell set down his six rules of writing in 1946, he began with the following advice:
‘Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.’
In other words, avoid clichés – like the plague. This basic tenet of good writing is drummed into anyone who sets out to learn the craft. And looking at the Oxford Languages definition of ‘cliché’, it’s clearly good advice. What writer would want to employ ‘a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought’?
But there’s another recommendation about creativity that flatly contradicts this notion. And that is, to be truly original you have to break some rules.
In this collection of short stories, five writers have actively embraced the colourful figures of speech in the English language and used them as springboards for the imagination.
Each story is inspired by a cliché, but that’s where their similarity ends. The stories encompass a wide range of styles and topics, from comedy to tragedy. In telling their tales each writer has, in their own unique way, engaged with various forms of figurative speech: metaphor, personification, oxymoron, conceit, hyperbole, irony, simile, exaggeration… take your pick and enjoy.