Rising to the Surface, by Latika Vasil
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* A businessman meets a tattoo artist on a plane and finds his world beginning to unravel.
*A rock star lookalike postie steals a postcard and has a change of luck.
* An eccentric boy with an interest in Winston Churchill’s parrot receives a diagnosis – but will his mother accept it?
* A lonely woman befriends the boy next door, who shares his love of pyrotechnic experiments and letters from Africa from his missionary mother.
These are some of the characters that form the cast of this dazzling début collection of stories by Latika Vasil. Her portraits of disengaged and often idiosyncratic individuals, out of step with their worlds, are sketched with insight, compassion and humour.