My enjoyment of individual stories has been a straight function of their subject matter. I particularly liked “Mabel”, a gentle tale of a 92 year old lady who unilaterally reverses role with her CPN and becomes her confessor and emotional tutor. While “Celia” leads us through a professional woman’s naïve confrontation and management of her unwanted sexual allure.
These contrast sharply with “Billy”, a story set against a background of drug abuse. And “Sophie”s quiet acceptance of culture-driven domestic violence and its appalling aftermath. Not my favourite topics and ones I find upsetting and hard work.
Turning to the very much more tricky area of written style. I think Andrew Dicker is a skilled and imaginative teller of stories.