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Bonne Route

Ian Daley (ed)

Deadweight, decay, debris, destruction. Drunk. I'm a goddamn pathetic drunk. "

Reviewed by Avis Hickman-Gibb

This was my first Route title. And I’ll definitely be reading more. The stories ranged from M Y Alam's creepy Natural Causes – about euthanasia in a old folks’ home; through a kleptomaniac housewife, bullied by her mother-in-law in Like Pepper by Jude Piesse; to Sophie Hannah's endearing tale, Twelve Noon, of an obsessive pedant, who mistakes a parking sign “…no return for 2 hours” as a command to stay for exactly that span- not a minute less. 

Dave Pescod's touching Rising Laughter tells of how a wife manages to finally get through to her deeply depressed husband, and when the tale parts company with the reader, you really hope he’s on the up. Or perhaps your fancy will light upon a daughter’s final revenge on a mother who always thought mostly of herself? Maybe that’s not to your taste, but one of the dozen tales in this collection will be, I’m sure. 

The book as a whole gives the reader a crisp selection of tasty morsels – perhaps revealing viewpoints, which until the reading, were unconsidered. The quiet and superficially ordinary Of All Thing, by Anthony Cropper, exposes an unsuspected distance between two brothers; how easy it is for family to drift apart. Or how about Pippa Griffin's Next Door, a spicy story of secondhand holiday sex, and the insurmountable distance which lies in a double bed? 

This is a good book for traveling with – easily dipped into. The stories are a good size to gobble down either one at a time, or in twos or more. These twelve authors are certainly names to watch for in the future - perhaps with their own collections. Bonne Route is a stylishly presented collection of short stories. Buy yourself a copy before traveling – and if you travel with a partner – buy them one too!

Avis Hickman-Gibb lives in rural Suffolk, England. She gained a BSc. in Environmental Chemistry more years ago than she cares to admit, and worked in the fledgling computer industry whilst still a babe-in-arms.

Avis' other Short Reviews: Alexei Sayle "Barcelona Plates"   



Publication Date: Feb 2008

Paperback/Hardback? Paperback

First anthology?No, the 19th

Editor: Ian Daley

Authors: Dave Pescod, Carla Gericke, Pippa Griffin, Wayne Price, Anthony Cropper, M Y Alam, Alexis Clements, Sophie Hannah, Paula Rawsthorne, Michael Nath, Jude Peisse, Les Lloyd

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If you liked this book you might also like....

Any of the previous Route anthologies 

Sophie Hannah "The Fantastic Book of Everybody's Secrets"

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