"Always attuned to the moment of epiphany, these twelve stories are profound, intimate observations of men and women whose lives ache with possibility each story a dramatisation of the instant in a life that exposes it all- love and the lack of love, hope and the lack of hope. These men and women are perfectly ordinary people whose marriages founder; who sit on their own in a cinema watching a film with no soundtrack; who risk sex in a hotel with an anonymous stranger. They conceal tenderness and disappointment, vulnerability and longing, griefs and wonders and, with each of them, Kennedy finds and opens up that extraordinary emotional wound, that insight into their experiences- like the woman in Saturday Teatime who tries to relax in a flotation tank, before her memories hijack her, taking her back to last weekend s party to a boy with a hamster, and his lecherous father and then further back to another Saturday, when she was nine years old, when the troubling of her life began. A.L. Kennedy s"
"The hardest thing about the advent of a new collection of stories by A L Kennedy... is the search for synonyms for 'brilliant'. Her uncanny dialogue is as note-perfect as J D Salinger's her vision as astutely bleak as Alice Munro's, and her ability to summon up a society in a few strokes rivals William Trevor's" * Spectator *
"A first-rate collection" * Sunday Telegraph *
"A.L.Kennedy really dazzles, yet again, in her exceptional new collection" * Independent on Sunday *
"Kennedy's new stories continue the courageous anatomy of emotional pain that has always been at the centre of her writing. Sometimes stomach churning, bleak and humorous in turn, she is rightly viewed as one of the most brilliant and eccentric writers of her generation" -- Ruth Scurr * The Times *
"If you are at all interested in contemporary fiction, this is work you must not miss" -- Richard Ford