I've read a number of William Boyd's novels, and his Any Human Heart is a desert island book for me. But with him, it's always a mixed bag. There are some great books, and others that fall flat.
This collection of stories matches that. The first seven stories, that make up about 100 pages, are charming bagatelles; unpretentious, humorous, perceptive stories. But then the title story - a 100-page novella - meanders for its full length, ending as if it were an abandoned novel. The last story, about 50 pages long, is strange story about a man who is paid £1000 to deliver something odd to a remote location in Scotland. It starts off interesting enough, but gets bogged down in strangeness.
All in all, there are 100 pages of enjoyable writing in this book. You may find the title story interesting, but the last story just doesn't work.
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