52ff is a collection of fifty-five clever, inventive `flash fiction' short stories: one for every week of the year. Some offer a snapshot of a defining moment in a character's life. Some are experimental. Some use word play or prose poetry. Many explore an instance of transformation. Others show someone, or even some inanimate object, trying understand or describe their place in the world.
Reading these stories is like having a conversation with an interesting stranger you have met by chance. Each story is under a thousand words, detaining you just long enough to entertain you or enlighten you or set you a puzzle, inviting you to look again at things you thought you were familiar with. Whether the author draws on the mundane (the London commute) or the mythological (Atlas, Adam) as source material, the language he uses is always erudite, but the learning is lightly-worn. At the end of the book, Marc Nash explains some of the inspiration for the stories, which in turn may inspire you to write some flash fiction based on particular memories or incidents in your life, if you are so inclined.
The length of the stories makes this the perfect collection to dip into on short journeys or for a quick read before bed. The author suggests reading one story a week but I raced through them and enjoyed them all.