A terrific collection, - The Times Her black humour and piercing observation bear comparison with the work of Muriel Spark, - Guardian Its almost impossible to pick up this substantial collection and find anything more worthwhile to do for the rest of the day than read it cover to cover,- Rosemary Goring, The Herald The woman is a genius, - Daily Mail 'Essential reading. It is Agnes Owens at her subtle, concise best - truthful, humane and quite brilliant' - Times Literary Supplement Her stories...carry the emotional clout of a knockout punch, - Observer Owens is a rare treasure, - Allan Massie, The Scotsman Acerbic, wicked, utterly honest, sly, gothic, brilliantly black deadpan funny, - Liz Lochead, Sunday Herald The complete life work of Agnes Owens in short stories - everything from Gentlemen of the West, Lean Tales, People Like That and 14 brand new unpublished stories. Witty and dark, Owens spare prose shocks and delights. Her talent for pithy, unsettling tales is as sharp as ever, confirming her place as one of Scotlands finest contemporary writers.

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