"Prepare to see death as lively mocked, as ever still sleep mocked life."
This rewording of Shakespeare's phrase sits well with Liam Black's northern take on the modern Irish short story. These mixed yarns thread the passing of life through the mingle of good and ill, always questioning the allow of death to intervene in life, always anticipating life's involvement in death.
The stories hark of victory over the pessimism of death, hail the optimism of life, and hanker after a better way forward. The unravelling of each tale shows us that life is for living.
ISBN 0 946451 93 1
Published July 2006, softback, 134pp, 210mm (tall) x 148mm