«  unlike julia and the bazooka, this collection of kavan���s short fiction was originally published during her lifetime, and the significance of this distinction is clear. this book is more balanced, with most if not all of the stories written during a period of kavan���s life in wartime london following her return from living abroad. while there are a few that stray beyond the more obvious parallels to kavan���s experience, such as the gothic tale ��� the brother��� and the horror snapshot ��� the gannets���, most stories here reflect that distinct time in her life. »