Story: ‘Goodbye Crocodile’ by Conor Patrick

photo by Caren Parmelee

Conor Patrick was born in the south-western United States in 1983. He grew up in the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world, on the arid plateaus of the Arizona Mountains. From there, he moved progressively northward, eventually earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho, where he studied English and Secondary Education.


He worked as a teacher for a short while and then, suddenly, uprooted and crossed the Atlantic to stalk around the United Kingdom, where he gained an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Portsmouth in 2011. Someday, he would like to own a telescope. His writing has appeared in various publications throughout the US and UK.




by Conor Patrick

© Conor Patrick


This story comes from Conor Patrick’s debut short story collection, Goodbye Crocodile. The collection will be published by The London Magazine later this month and is part of their brand new venture to promote and encourage exciting new talent. To celebrate publication, Goodreads are giving away five copies of Goodbye Crocodile.

Conor Patrick Final Cover copy

With many thanks to both the author and The London Magazine for allowing us to print this story.

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