There is something for everyone in this eclectic collection of short stories from times past. Some brought back memories from my childhood. ‘Woodsreef’ by Pippa Kay describing a boring school outing, reminded me of a day we kids spent hours standing in the hot sun for the privilege of catching a glimpse of the Queen Mother as her car passed by in the distance — we didn’t even get a nice bag of asbestos. ‘The Patterson Boys’ by Kerry Lown Whalen transported me into the story and evoked poignant memories of some of the poor kids I played with. ‘Impatient’ by Samantha Wilson is an insightful, humorous description of the racket and sleep deprivation that goes on in hospitals. ‘My Ernest Decision’ by Kyle Orr has the most memorable character for me: there should be more men of the cloth like the Reverend Ern (and his bar fridge).
This is just to mention a few of the skilfully woven tales in this entertaining and highly readable anthology.