Stories, Essays and Commentary

A portrait leads to a college student’s identity crisis. Opposing lawyers fall in love. Unwanted charity. These are some of my storylines. Then there are my essays on subjects as diverse as a visit to my childhood home, plans for eternity at a celebrated cemetery, remembrance of a cat, continuity in language, and so on. The larger themes of my stories and essays include belonging and estrangement, awareness and self-delusion, society and disability. These are serious subjects, but there’s almost always a place for humor.

About Me

Photograph of Adrian Spratt
I practiced law for twenty years (mostly in consumer protection) before turning to my original ambition to do creative writing. On this website, I present samples of my fiction, memoirs and essays, and I regularly post current examples of all three literary forms to my blog.

Tips for Using this Website


On this homepage, you’ll find links to six recent or highlighted blog posts. For a list of all posts, go to the Blog page. You can find samples of my fiction and a memoir excerpt on the Stories page, and samples of my essays on, yes, the Essays page. If you’d like to contact me, please do so here.

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