A Life of Surprises was the second Bernice Summerfield prose anthology published by Big Finish Productions, it was also the first hardback anthology. It was the first of five anthologies that shared "life" or "lives" in their titles.

This was Bernice Summerfield creator Paul Cornell's second anthology as editor; he also edited The Dead Men Diaries and Life During Wartime.

Publisher's summary[]

Professor Bernice Summerfield, interstellar archaeologist, adventurer, romantic and drinker, has had either one very big life or a number of only slightly smaller ones.

This anthology contains stories from many times and places across her long career, ranging from the starkly dramatic, through the thrilling, to the hilarious.

It links Bernice to her roots, as well as sending her forward into new adventures. And it celebrates a decade of Bernice in print. Cheers!


Title Author Featuring
The Shape of the Hole Paul Cornell
Kill the Mouse! Daniel O'Mahony
Solar Max and the Seven-Handed Snake-Mother Kate Orman
A Mutual Friend Terrance Dicks
Alien Planets and You Dave Stone
Something Broken Paul Ebbs
The Collection Peter Anghelides
Setting Stone Mark Stevens
Time's Team David A. McIntee
Beedlemania Nev Fountain
The All-Seeing Eye Justin Richards
And Then Again Rob Shearman
Cuckoo Stephen Fewell
A la Recherche du Temps Perdu David Bailey
Squadborronfell Nick Walters
Taken by the Muses Steve Lyons
The Spartacus Syndrome Jonathan Morris
Might Neil Corry
Paydirt Lance Parkin
Dear Friend Jim Sangster
Afterword Lloyd Rose


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