In the title of story of this wonderfully sharp collection, an odd-job man arrives back at his Bradford council block to find a message waiting for one of its inhabitants, in ten-foot-high letters. But who is the luckless woman who has the whole street gossiping: and how has she hurt?
In 'Wrestling Jacob', a lusty architect takes out his frustrations down on the farm, sparring with an unlikely, and dogged, opponent. In 'The Tale Of The Golden Bath-Taps', our man has fallen for a statuesque, untouchable barmaid. But how can he get close to a woman whose brother is "the most dangerous man in the West Riding", and whose evening work as a stripper has earned her the sobriquet Miss Marshmallow? And there's a shady new chipshop owner in town, Maltese Eddie. What's his secret? And what do you get if you cross a cod with a haddock, anyway?
From the council blocks of Bradford to dingy moorland pubs with forty-year-old hits on the jukebox, Bill Broady's bright collection of stories tours Yorkshire and gives it a tart lick of fresh prose paint, deploying precision, wit and vigour.