A Rainy Night in Soho

It began on a golden autumn morning. It was a Saturday in October 1966. I had just turned 19 back in the summer and England had just won the World…


Morning Glory

Jack just sits there, sits there in his own filth, barely covered up by an ancient string vest and soiled Y-fronts. Day in, day out, month after…


Pill Press

Cooper Whitmore, aging clubber and hardcore raver of just over a decade, lay on his bed shivering, jaw aching and teeth chattering with the worst…


If Our Holdens Were Fords

It was just an ordinary, laid back Saturday afternoon in October in the outer Melbourne suburb of Doveton. The seasons had just changed from winter…


Round Tower

Standing on the slippery, moss-blanketed stone wall’s edge of the round tower, I gaze down as the autumn rain falls from the black sky into the…


Just Easy

Milton Keynes, England. Today is your 18th birthday. Lasers and strobe lights lead you away from the pitch black freezing winter night as Christmas…


Queen’s Park

I’m sitting by myself in a rear booth next to a pool table in O’Malley’s on Kilburn High Road. Taking in the calm before the storm, watching football…


Warrior’s Code

Thursday Alex jogged through the footpaths of Staunton Country Park at a steady pace, watching his breath fly away into the woods. After every three…


Linguistic Disorientation

Giovanni sat at the kitchen table gazing into his cup of espresso whilst slowly smoking a Winfield Blue. He’d not had a wink of sleep and was…


Waverley Old Boys’ Club

Two scruffy old alcoholics named Rab and Jimmy are sitting in a bar opposite Edinburgh Waverley railway station nursing their pints of Caledonia…