A new book from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is surely cause for celebration. And best of all, these are short stories, perfect for hoovering up on the go. Read one at the bus stop, one while you’re drying your hair. You can even read them on the loo, no-one will know!
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An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A thirty-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve.In this first collection of stories by the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short form (several of the stories have been longlisted for prizes), second that his imagination is even darker than we had thought.
A Faraway Smell of Lemon : The School Term has ended. It is almost Christmas but Binny, out last-minute shopping couldn’t feel less like wishing glad tidings to all men. Ducking out of the rain she finds herself in the sort of shop she would never normally visit.
The Marriage Manual: Christmas Eve. Two parents endeavour to construct their son’s Christmas present from a DIY kit and in the process find themselves deconstructing their marriage.
Christmas at the Airport: A glitch in the system, travellers stranded and all sorts of lives colliding in the face of a sudden birth…
The Boxing Day Ball: Maureen has never been out with the local girls before. Who knew that a disco in the Village Hall could be life-changing? A
Snow Garden: Two little boys, dumped with their divorced father for his share of the Christmas holidays and none of them with a clue how to enjoy it.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas: The most famous boy in the world comes home hoping to escape the madness with a normal family Christmas.
Trees: As if Christmas wasn’t wearing enough, now his elderly parent is asking for a hole in the ground. Father and son break old habits and plant a tree to mark the start of the new year.
Seven stories as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be.
This is a must for all those who enjoyed Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected.
Great stories where you don’t see what’s coming (most of the time). It would spoil it if I told you the content of the stories.
They include ghosts, revenge, the number 13, macabre stuff and a couple of stories featuring Roy Grace.
Thoroughly enjoyed these stories.
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