Often quirky, containing unexpected, sometimes unnerving twists, these tales can catch the reader unawares. A lonely boy on holiday with his absent mother; an elderly lady still living in her exciting, wartime past; a kindly, old gentleman, trapped inside a body which no longer works; a teenage girl who finds she might possibly be capable of murder, the central characters spring to life in our imaginations as each short tale unfolds. Sometimes you are with the character, in first person, living their thoughts, sometimes you watch from a distance in third person. Sometimes you realise with a jolt that the time frame in which the story is set is not modern-day but is the 1960s, in others you are part of today’s world. Wherever they take you, these are stories that will leave you wondering and may knock you off-balance.