Bleak Rooms

Less laughter and more tears characterise Peter Goldsworthy's third collection of short stories. The terrain is familiar: a yuppie world of medial practice, restaurants, squash courts, and parties - a world part parodied, part celebrated. Caustic, poignant, always ironic, these stories seek out the moment of self-awareness: of lost innocence, of self-limitation, of delf-deception.