An account from the inside of a mind cracking up...its writing is as taut as a bowstring. From brilliant title to closing injunction, it hums with intelligence, clarity, wit; and, its heroine's struggle for order and meaning seduces our minds, exposes how close we all of us are to insanity. Joy, as Galloway's heroine reluctantly lets us know that she's called, is simply that dangerous step or two nearer the edge' LISTENER.
Winner of MIND Book of the Year / The Allen Lane Award 1990.
Janice Galloway was born in Ayrshire in 1956. She has worked in a variety of paid and unpaid jobs but has mostly been a teacher. Since 1987 when her first story was published, she has become known for her fiction. Her novel The Trick is to Keep Breathing was published in Polygon in 1990. A collection of short stories follows from Secker & Warburg in 1991. She likes cities and lives in Glasgow.