Not for Use in Navigation: Thirteen Stories

The bell, the lantern, the witching hour…

A refugee arrives from elsewhere in time; a generation ship makes landfall; a vast galactic empire settles to the business of government. Tarot readers find hope in the cards; witches live through the aftermath of war; and Indian mothers think it’s high time you were married. Here are thirteen stories of love and queerness, hope and decolonisation, and the inevitability of change.

Not For Use In Navigation is my debut short story collection, including a new introduction and several previously unpublished folktales. It was published on 24 March 2019. Here are things people have said about it:

“…elegiac, wistful, eloquent short fiction”
-Liz Bourke for

“Tremendous. A haunting and beautifully-written collection.”
KJ Charles, author of A Charm of Magpies and the Society of Gentlemen series

“[Iona Datt Sharma] is adept at creating entire worlds in a compact, delicately finished package, blending pure sensibility with the best bits of the magical realist movement.”
Jeannelle M. Ferreira, author of The Covert Captain

“…a beautiful collection, full of heartbreak and humor and shining, hard-earned hope.”
Stephanie Burgis, author of Masks and Shadows and The Harwood Spellbook

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[Print copies are available at Amazon only, I’m afraid: check your local version if you’d like one]