About the book
A man builds a tree house by a river, in anticipation of the coming flood. A sugar-beet crashes through a young woman’s windscreen. A boy sets fire to a barn. These aren’t the sort of things you imagine happening to someone like you. But sometimes they do.
Set in the flat and threatened fenland landscape, where the sky is dominant and the sea lurks just beyond the horizon, these delicate, dangerous, and sometimes deeply funny stories tell of things buried and unearthed, of familiar places made strange, and of lives where much is hidden, much is at risk, and tender moments are hard-won.
Reviewed by Happy Readers:
Some of us did not finish the book. some hated it and some loved it while others found it thought-provoking. The book created much discussion. We felt it was wrong to begin the book thinking ‘I am going to read a story’ as the stories are more poetic than prose. The writing was very descriptive and used a variety of styles. Some of the stories were Pinteresque or reminiscent of Samuel Becket. The Lincolnshire landscape gave the stories an emotive quality. The title was very apt – some of the stories were starkly shocking while others related to mundane life.