I got this book because I follow the author on Twitter and he tweets some funny stuff, and has shared a few of his short stories in the past. So, when he announced that a selection of his stories were going to be published I thought I’d check it out.
And I’m really glad I did because it is a fantastic collection of short, and super short, writing. There’s a dark, surrealist humour to many of them and a plethora of interesting characters along the way. The stories cover all sorts of topics but they’re linked by the fact that central to each one is a clever and insightful sense of character.
Jenkins writes with wit and verve, presenting some really cool ideas and interesting concepts. Some of the stories are profoundly moving, heart breaking snapshots of loss, loneliness and the secrets people have. Others are darkly comic and made me chuckle to myself. And all are peppered with a style of writing that is starkly evocative and feels grounded in reality.
A superb collection by an immensely talented writer. 9/10.
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