But beyond their capacity to engage and entertain the reader, these are the multi-layered stories of a perceptive and humane observer of contemporary life. In particular, an acute empathy with troubled childhoods and adolescence offers adult readers a rewarding reconnection with the turbulence of earlier selves.
There is great variety here – a lively mash-up of genres and styles. There are stories that work with quietly understated stealth – casual talk around a game of dominoes in ‘Beeline Against Babylon’ reveals a deep undercurrent of affection between father and son – and stories that have a ragga boldness and laugh-out-loud inventiveness, but throughout them all there runs the signature of an engaging personal voice.
Geoffrey Philp was born in Jamaica. He now lives and works in Miami.