Click on the link above to hear a sample from the title story, read by the absolutely brilliant Camilla Marie Beeput.
Melanie Whipman's bold debut collection is remarkable for its range, emotional force and dark humour. In these beautifully crafted tales of escapism and rebellion the surreal flickers around the margins of the everyday. Ordinary events tip over into misfortune, violence and despair. The collection offers a series of unsettling portraits of the lost, the young, the marginalised at their most vulnerable. These sharply imagined tales merge the grotesque and the tragic with humour and poignancy, evoking life's diversity and unpredictability with style and control.
Iain Pattison (Author of best seller, Cracking the Short Story Market) :
Dark, disturbing, punchy and unnerving. The writing is crisp, dynamic and pared to the bone. Melanie Whipman’s stories weave a hypnotic spell of menace and anticipation that stick in the memory long after reading.
The atmosphere of tragedy pervading an ordinary event on a summer's day is well established. Ending is surprising and unforeseen… strangely affecting… a moving piece.
Sussanah Rickards (Author of award winning Hot Kitchen Snow)
Beautifully controlled language, a writer to watch.