What is there to say? Bernard Mac Laverty is a master of the genre. These are beautiful, lyrical, riveting stories - snapshots of the lives of ordinary people - and your life will be the poorer if you do not read them.
He paused and looked at the clock. It was time again. He gave another blood sample and when providing the urine sample he splashed the label. He patted it dry with the toilet roll and hoped that the technician with the long hair wouldn't notice.