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  • By Stephen Beesley
    Jan 3, 2016
    This is an astonishingly good collection of short stories. I say ‘astonishingly’ because the book’s title and cover led me to expect stories that would be safe, cosy, even twee...nothing could be farther from the truth. Among these thirty-seven stories and three hundred pages you will find murder, suicide, manslaughter, sexual perversion (just here and there!), psychopaths, maniacs, an incompetent Russian spy, thieves, con artists, ghosts, cats....but nothing twee. There’s a dark and mischievous sense of humour running through these stories that prevents the tone from ever becoming morose; the last page of the book has a story twist so warped that it made me laugh out loud and wake my wife. The range of subjects is wide and always unpredictable, the style is never formulaic; you NEVER know what’s coming next. The standard is always good and often outstanding, for example ‘Tom’ creates a believable character, puts him in a realistic situation and delivers a spooky conclusion, all in... More > the space of three pages. ‘Billy No Mates’ is a repulsive little man, but his character is developed so that we care what happens to him as he heads for redemption – or does he? Don Melbourne is clearly a very good writer of short stories and this is an excellent collection for holiday or bedtime reading. If you enjoy well-written and unpredictable stories, then this is a book you shouldn’t miss.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781326264147
Edition
First
Publisher
AudioArcadia.com
Published
July 20, 2015
Language
English
Pages
306
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.14 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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