A widower entombs the voice of his dead wife in an antique walking stick – but will it be enough to silence her? When the life of a vulnerable woman is struck by calamity, nemesis looms for a would-be lothario at the local veterinary surgery – can anyone emerge unscathed from the aftershock? In rural West Wales, a farmer’s wife develops a disturbing infatuation with a derelict parsonage, which seems somehow connected to the fates of her unborn children. Crossing boundaries of period (the Welsh valleys of the 1940s via a post war East End to the present day), and exploring a range of style and mood from black comedy to domestic tragedy, ‘The Wheel’ embraces reflections on the nature of loss, the haunting burden of childhood trauma and much more besides. If you enjoy variety in a short story volume, this book is for you.