It features coming-of-age stories on the theme of closeness to home, deftly interwoven with illuminating autobiographical pieces on the inspirations behind the fiction. Stories include:
"The Missing Link"
"Joe Quinn's Poltergeist"
"Harry Miller's Run"
"Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads"
"Half a Creature from the Sea"
"When God Came to Kathleen's Garden"
David Almond says of this unique collection, "Stories on the page are so beautifully neat. All that lovely black print; those lovely straight lines and paragraphs and pages. But stories are living things, creatures that move and grow in the imaginations of writer and reader. They must be solid and touchable, like the land, and must have fluid half-known depths, like the sea. These stories take place in a real world - but in fiction, real worlds merge with dreamed worlds. Real people walk with ghosts and figments. Earthly truth goes hand-in-hand with watery lies."
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