In the story "Flight" an old man watches helplessly as the last of his beloved granddaughters prepares to marry and leave the nest. 'Pleasure' deals with the snobbery and embarrassment of Brits abroad as a couple returns to a much-loved holiday resort. The ludicrous and unglamorous side of espionage is observed in 'Spies I Have Known.'
These are just three of the ten stories included in this collection. Every one shows a remarkable insight into human nature and allows small glimpses into lives and feelings through extremely strong and believable characters. I found these stories fascinating and often emotional to read. You can't help but be touched by the brief encounters with the personalities in this book.
Pupil at Elliott School, London