Caroline England's short story collection WATCHING HORSEPATS FEED THE ROSES is a deliciously dark sequence of cameos and quirks of cruelty, related in a terse, quintessentially English sardonic voice.
story is altogether warmer and, as its title implies, lighter in tone. The narrator is Fiona, a humorous self-deprecating twenty-seven year old solicitor, who hasn’t had much luck with love and still misses her beloved dead dad. In her own eyes she is
a bit of a gaffe-prone disaster, but in fact she is an attractive, efficient young professional perceived by others as being a touch icy.
A colourful cast of characters and a fast-moving, sometimes farcical, sometimes emotion-ridden
plot combine to create a richly rewarding read - one that confirms Caroline England as a writer to follow.