An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier
collapses. A thirty-stone man is confined to his living room. One
woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean.
Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a
shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep
in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on
Christmas Eve. In this first collection of stories by the author of
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
demonstrates two things: first that he is a master of the short
form (several of the stories have been longlisted for prizes),
second that his imagination is even darker than we had thought.