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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Last Orders and Mothering Sunday.

Graham Swift’s first collection of short stories confirms his power to bring an edge of the extraordinary, the dangerous or the subversive into otherwise familiar, safe, even comforting settings. On a holiday beach, a mismatched couple wage a sexually charged war for the devotion of their literally floundering son. A family doctor, oppressed by his own domestic insecurities, intimidates an apparent time-wasting patient. A zookeeper becomes the keeper of a bizarre fixation....

While vividly evoking a recognisable English geography, these startling stories have an eye for the foreign, for the experience of refugees or for less definable zones of bewilderment and strangeness. More than one has a touch of the ghostly. Highly located yet haunted and haunting, they penetrate a hidden world of human dislocation.

©1982 Graham Swift. All rights reserved (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK. All Rights Reserved

Critic Reviews

"Graham Swift should be read by everyone with an interest in the art of the short story." (Paul Bailey, Evening Standard)

"A masterful collection of stories." (USA Today)

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