This is a set book for an Open University Arts course which is why I bought it. However, I enjoyed reading this in its own right. The stories are wonderful, from the first to the last. Some have really stayed in my mind. I loved the first story by Nadime Gordimer - couldn't get it out of my head for days, and like another reviewer, I loved the Ana Menendez story. William Trevor's story about Ireland also resonated.
Some favourite authors are in there: Alan Sillitoe and V.S. Naipaul, however I have been enriched by the stories from authors whose works I hadn't read before and will be looking to read more.
I looked forward to reading this book in the evenings after a tiring day and will re-read my favourites again. Highly recommended.