"A roaring start in the shape of Gaynor Arnold's Mouth
, a chilling first person account of being young, female and vulnerable in the supposedly cotton wool and dayglo worlds of family and boyfriends. Particularly effective are Alan Beard, Alan Mahar and Godfrey Featherstone, whose close-cropped Brummie monologue is about the most successful use I've yet seen of our notoriously difficult local dialect in fiction. With smooth and well-crafted tales set in Chile (Penny Rendall), Calcutta (Annie Murray), Yemen (Mike Ramsden) and amongst Pakistanis in South Wales (Barbara Holland), the book gels well around issues of race and identity." -- What's On, June 1966
"Outstanding quality. Each story occupies the heart long after the work is put down." -- Raw Edge magazine, Autumn/Winter 1996
"The uncertainty of sex and the chasm between generations, and the heady clash of cultures that make up the modern city." -- William Palmer, Stand, Winter 1996
From the Publisher
This is Tindal Street Fiction Group's third anthology and the only one still in print. It was shortlisted for the Arts Council's Raymond Williams Prize 1997. Look out for Hard Shoulder
, a new anthology of the best young writers from Birmingham published by Tindal Street Press in October 1999.