BOOK: Down Independence Boulevard – By Ken Puddicombe


Author Ken Puddicombe follows up on his two novels: RACING WITH THE RAIN and JUNTA with a collection of short stories, some of which have been previously published in The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing, The Fiddlehead and Wasafari.

A taxi driver notices the changes in Independence Boulevard since freedom was gained from Britain. A free-wheeling spirit spends his time gambling and engaging in riots. A man is sentenced to death for the murder of his lover. Two women escape racial conflict and seek a better life at home and abroad. A housewife has faced the last straw with her husband.

A mailman is caught in the middle of the World Trade Centre terrorist attack. These are some of the characters encountered in this engaging collection of short stories from the pen of Ken Puddicombe.  


“Packed with variety of observation, richness of detail, wit and humour, Ken Puddicombe’s new collection of sixteen stories catches the exact temper of a time of transition from the post-colonial Caribbean to an uncertain future.” —Frank Birbalsingh, Professor Emeritus, York U, Author of Passion and Exile: Essays in Caribbean Literature.

“The author treats us to a collection of short stories from the tumultuous birth of a nation to the children of independence.” —Enrico Downer, author of His Father’s Footsteps.

“Ken Puddicombe’s brilliant collection of stories tells the tales of people forced to leave their homes and while enjoying freedom in a faraway country, they crave the past, the known and predictable… Although the stories are about people from Guyana, it is the universality of their destiny that comes across, escaping from racial conflicts or dictatorship of any kind from anywhere in the world.” —Judith Kopácsi Gelberger, author of Heroes Don’t Cry


Ken Puddicombe is a professional Accountant who provided controller-ship for a number of companies in the private sector before he retired to pursue his love of writing. His writing has appeared in newspapers and literary journals in Canada and the U.K. Originally from British Guiana [now Guyana] in South America, he emigrated to Canada in 1971 and still lives there with his family. Racing With The Rain, his first novel was published in 2012. His second novel Junta in 2014. Down Independence Boulevard is his first collection of short stories. His genre is fiction, based on international locations but especially focussed in Canada, the Caribbean and Guyana. He can be contacted at Down Independence Boulevard is available on amazon.


  • Publication Date: 2 February, 2017
  • Author: Ken Puddicombe
  • Publisher: MiddleRoad Publishers
  • Genre: Literary Short Story Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1-4801-9328-4 (paperback)
  • Pages: 175
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