Whatever your view of life – spiritual, ornery, laid-back, reactionary, woke or wacky – you will welcome this debut collection of short stories by Sydney-born, Sydney-bred, peripatetic author, Phillip Derone.
You can share in relationships, intimacies and romantic tales born of experience and imagination. Enjoy sly sex, sex on the side, sex on the slide.
Consider contentious contemporary issues heavily cloaked in fictional drapes. Recoil from – or cheer on – confronting opinionated mindsets. Despair at poor judgment and inevitable disaster.
Take fantastical trips into space, into time, into re-imagined Biblical narrative, into childhood, into dreams – or stay grounded in the murky world of internet dating.
Discover another angle to Shakespeare and eavesdrop on brief conversations with other long-dead writers.
Laugh out loud at mayonnaise madness in Majorca; view vignettes of inner Sydney, including Audrey Hepburn’s innocent contribution to its social fabric; contemplate the end of humanity, albeit a highly benign one.
Gain insight into other worlds by way of stories laced with intrigue and tinged with an ever-circling cynicism. You may find yourself examining common assumptions, wondering whether coincidence can be life changing, and enjoying some momentary pleasures.
Delight in stumbling upon buried treasure of wordplay, cultural allusions and clichés. And always be prepared for an ending that you had not expected!