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Returning goods to a shop
A woman tries to return a pair of uncomfortable boots to a shop.

growing up  
Short story - Scarlett
Short story about a 12-year-old girl in London with a complex family background who thinks she knows five languages. c750 words. Intermediate. Text available as pdf.

feelings / emotions  
Short story - A Serious Case
Short story about a woman who has an overpowering fear of spiders. Audio + pdf - c.1250 words

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