The five stories in Cherries are not linked although the fruit appears in each of them as a kind of signature. Like cherries, the stories are sweet and dark, and written in a virtuoso range of styles.
Diptych: a painting or carving (often an altarpiece) on two panels, hinged like a book. The two stories in The Swan Diptych are likewise hinged, sometimes obviously, sometimes more subtly. Both depict the consequences of the folly and overweening pride of those who are clothed in ‘a little brief authority’. In the year 1387, King… CONTINUE READING
Why does Robert Reith, a reclusive classics don, wish to destroy a popular government minister, Sir Philip Nocton? And who is the elusive Martin who appears to link them? Martin takes us back to the secret games of their childhood friendship to discover why Reith employs the Dark Web to drive Nocton to desperation. It… CONTINUE READING
The Mouse Triptych is a trilogy of stories where mice, in one way or another, tangle with humans. In A Stroke of Genius, a mastermind among mice, seeking refuge from a bitter winter, finds his way into a big Victorian house. Its once-grand rooms are now occupied by a shabby old scholar who has a… CONTINUE READING
This quartet of tales was written at various times and in various moods. Hibernation may be seen as a warning to parents that a little white lie may become subject to the law of unintended consequences. Duck tells of a power struggle between an older and a younger boy during a holiday in Wales. Just… CONTINUE READING