Towering columns of suet are swaying in the background, yet Mrs Hambleton pays them heed. She continues to pound the edge of Eric's neck with a renewed vigour. Outside, the first flecks of sw are falling on to the charred remains of the flagpole as Janet nervously skirts the perimeter fence. Spring has returned once again to the Cotswolds.
Glen Baxter's earlier works include Atlas, The Impending Gleam, Jodhpurs in the Quantocks, The Billiard Table Murders, Returns to Normal, Glen Baxter's Gourmet Guide, Blizzards of Tweed and most recently Trundling Grunts.