You Don't Have to Say
by Alan Beard
Funny, bleak, down-to-earth stories. There are some beautifully described moments in these tales which really make you see the ordinary everyday things almost for the first time. But don't try to read this book straight through - these are stories to be savoured one at a time.
Annie next to me was pinned by centrifugal force against the wet metal, her hair whipped back and up, her streaming eyes crinkled as we span round. Fair, sky, fair, sky, held above the world before we plunged, to lie amongst the lights and crowds, almost dreaming the moment ...
Short Stories by Alan Bennett