In this eclectic compilation of short stories, Pat McLoughlin draws on his own life experiences, on anecdotal narratives and on events both past and contemporary. Some of the stories are based on actual historical events â€“ ranging from the national to the international. Other stories are the fruits of childhood memories that made a significant impact on Patâ€™s philosophical world view. His stories encompass the factual and fictitious but all are conveyed with a conversational style of writing that immediately engages and continues to hold the attention of the reader. There is a superb mixture of humour and tragedy, of harmony and strife, of love and conflict and of loneliness and companionship.