The Colours We Choose, Paperback / softback Book


Colours figure highly in this second book of short stories by Deryck Whittaker.

Whether they be the auspicious or otherwise hues of a north-oriented front door; the red of the ubiquitous laterite of the African bush; the grey amber essential to perfume manufacture; the dark green of a coveted Finnish glass piece; the magenta of the colour shift in old photos; the blue eponym of an extreme right wing movement or the orange of a swimming costume bought in M&S by a woman of a certain age. As in Whittaker's earlier book, we find ourselves in an array of locations worldwide, and introduced to a near-debauched community on a suburban housing estate; Oscar Wilde; Dante; Gabriel Rossetti; Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick; a thinly disguised General Pinochet and Idi Amin; a superannuated Superman and a cast of characters from the Guinness Book of Records. It's a voyage in which we encounter the quick and the dead, the obese, the doomed, the obsessive, the haunted, the guilty, the guilt-ridden and the thankful.

It will interest readers who enjoy short tales and quick wit. Critical praise for Cheese and Other Stories:"Whittaker is a master of stylish language, agile in both dialogue and descriptive settings.

The stories are dazzlingly constructed and marbled with memorable passages..." The Nation (Bangkok)


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9781789014228



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