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4 January 2014
I love the premise of this book - stories of various lengths from one paragraph to a few pages - offering the reader a little bit of everything and, frankly, the book does very much what it says on the tin. It is not just the length of the stories which allows you to dip in and out: there is a joy and confidence in the writing which plunges the reader immediately and with gusto into the lives of a fairly eclectic mix of characters and locations, some funny, some poignant.

It is clear the author loves her characters and there are some fabulous character sketches in these stories. My particular favourites are Maisie in `A Technical Hitch' and the haunting `The Disappearance of Bernie Francis'. I also have a soft spot for the gang in `Friends Reunited'.

One of the most difficult things with short stories of any length is to give them a feeling of wholeness: that they are complete within themselves and not just a fragment of something larger. For the most part, the author achieves that here, although there are a few stories where the ending feels a little abrupt. I think the author has been a victim of her own success in this respect - we notice the sudden ending more because the lead-up has been so engaging.

But this is a minor niggle - there is something for everyone to enjoy in this book and I would recommend you get reading
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4.7 out of 5 stars