Winner of the 2011 Edge Hill Readers' Prize The characters in this award-winning debut collection are very good at losing things: children, lovers, hope, the plot.
They discover the past is not a place easily escaped from, as it pursues them with startling, sometimes horrifying, consequences.
A writer takes his research a little too far; a couple, stricken with guilt and grief, prepare a last meal; a group of swingers is rocked by the arrival of a new couple; a man takes a train journey to learn how to kill again; a deformed brother and sister exact revenge half a mile underground; a modern-day messiah astonishes a criminal gang, and a father is forever tormented by the few minutes his back was turned. It's impossible not to connect with these lives and the things that happen to them remaining with you long after reading.
Provocative and bold, these stories will get under your skin.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Salt Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/11/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781844718047