Two competitive Englishmen go cycling together in France. Each attempts to out-do the other on the challenging hills as they pass through rolling countryside and villages. Stopping for water in one village they are helped by an odd woman. One man witnesses a grotesque scene in the old woman's cellar but keeps the information from his colleague, hoping to take revenge on him for having beaten him on the last hill. Later he discovers the cause of the other man's steely determination and begins to regret his vindictive trick, but he is too late.
A sparkling collection of short stories that entrance us with telling glimpses and powerful insights into people’s lives. In so little precious time we feel we know these characters and what drives them – their secrets, their desires, their fears and their regrets: An art dealer tricked by opportunists during a buying trip to The Cameroon; The…
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