The title story, itself a novella about a strange house in my village, leads into a collection of modern ghost stories in unusual, often cosmopolitan settings. ‘Mia’ is about putting down a much-loved dog. ‘Going to the match’ is about a supernatural presence amid the crowd. ‘The make of sticks’ concerns a mysterious character who is mistaken for a good samaritan. ‘Overcoat’ tells of a haunted garment. ‘Dr Singh’ is the worst kind of doctor; one who ignores his patients’ pain. ‘Ginny Spring’ tells of a mysterious local pond.