This collection of short stories from ‘Sydney’s hippest writer’ (Independence Jones) is a collection of his previously published short stories with a focus on mental illness, and some of his personal favorites. All of the stories are based on Fitzpatrick’s experiences with mental illness, specifically paranoid schizophrenia, and treat the mentally ill humanely. The stories are well paced and are full of twists and turns, keeping the reading fully engaged throughout them.
The stories are largely set in Aus., Australia in a parallel universe, thus allowing Fitzpatrick full rein on his highly active imagination whilst also providing clear boundaries. All of the stories are internally consistent with this setting and the warmth of the landscape is reflected in the warmth of the characters. The tales also display Fitzpatrick’s dry humor to great effect.