Michael Cargill

Regular updates of sarcastic and irreverent nonsense.


Although Abigail enjoyed train journeys, she hated it when there were busy crowds. The adults always towered high above her and their heavy overcoats wafted in front of her face, blocking out the light. She let out a sigh and wondered why no-one was talking.

After spotting a small gap, she squeezed into it to give herself some more room. The yellow badge that was pinned to her jacket ripped off and fell to the floor, causing someone above her to tut loudly; Abigail decided not to pick it up again.

She spotted a man in a smart uniform – surely, he must know where they were going.
“Excuse me,” she politely enquired. “Where are we going?”

The man’s expression was one of death.  “Auschwitz,” he replied.


My new novel, Saying Goodbye to Warsaw, is due for release soon.  Set in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII, it is a story of tragedy and this is a little taster for what is to come.

12 responses to “Cattle

  1. Andrea Clunes Velásquez 09/07/2013 at 9:00 PM

    Uhh, that novel sounds just like the kind of book I love to read. *o*

  2. jbmumofone 09/08/2013 at 8:25 PM

    Ooh this sounds like another heartbreaking one. Will definitely buy though x

  3. Addie 09/09/2013 at 12:55 AM

    Oh, Michael! This one is going to make me cry, isn’t it?

  4. Anna 09/09/2013 at 4:13 PM

    Fuck. I started reading this, of course aware that it was different to your usual internet style, but fuck. My breath got caught in my throat.

  5. Pingback: Saying Goodbye to Warsaw – my new book now available in paperback and ebook formats! | Michael Cargill

  6. beckyday6 09/10/2013 at 9:38 PM

    Exciting stuff! Even though you told me your next novel was going to be about WW2 I was still surprised when I got to the last line. Awesome excerpt to post. 🙂

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