By Malcolm Bradbury
This anthology is in lots of was once a 'best of the best', containing gemstones from thirty-four of Britain's impressive modern writers. it's a ebook to dip into, to learn from hide to hide, to lend to acquaintances and skim back. It contains tales of affection and crime, tales touched with comedy and the supernatural, tales set in London, l. a., Bucharest and Tokyo. chiefly, as you'll find, it satisfies Samuel Butler's anarchic excitement precept: 'I may still wish to like Schumann's tune larger than I do; I daresay i may make myself love it greater if i attempted; yet i don't like having to aim to make myself like issues; i love issues that make me like them instantly and no attempting at all...'
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