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Ben Manley


I write and publish picture books, fantasy fiction, detective stories, essays and surreal web fiction. If you like what you read below, I'd love to hear from you.

Short Stories

  • Minimus

    I am ridiculous to you – deformed, abnormal, inhuman. Why do you see me as a beast? I am a man.

  • The Embarrass­ment of Rubuth­not

    Could I have prevented what happened? Perhaps. But what happened to Rubuthnot was his own fault. I am convinced of that.

  • Quiet as a Mouse

    I’m not sure why I did it. Sure, the window was ajar and all the lights were out. And I had been drinking. But that’s not a reason.


  • The Misadventures of Frederick

    The Misadventures of Frederick

    By Ben Manley & Emma Chichester Clark

    A poetic and playful tale about the joys of going outside and having adventures – beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, creator of Plumdog.

  • Sycamore Family Tree

    Sycamore Family Tree

    By Ben Manley & Rebecca Manley

    Barking Babies! Speeding Grannies! Haunted Gold! It's Sycamore Family Tree – an interactive ebook for Apple Books!

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