- 272 p. ; 21 cm.
- Contents: The enemies of happiness -- People whose names Bob Dylan ought to know -- V2 -- Club selection -- The grease -- On the make -- Dog's life -- Swimming across the rip -- The darkest heart -- (Favoured by) Babies -- Magnetic -- Queue jumping -- Intermittent red flashes -- The prototype -- The futures market -- Suspended animation -- From studies in erotophobia -- Foreign exchange -- Astronauts -- The true nation -- The future perfect.Summary: Tim Richards takes the reader on a mind-bending, mischievous ride through a world where nothing is quite as it seems. The lives these stories describe are almost ordinary; but dark quirks lurk beneath the surface. Strange things happen: A junior teacher takes a job at an unusual high school, where students take 'self-expression' to odd and disturbing lengths. In a trendy inner suburb, suspiciously perfect babies start appearing on young couples' doorsteps. At a resort catering for Australian golfers, the Japanese staff take rigorous night classes in how to be more Aussie than their guests. Wry, unpredictable and sometimes shocking, they will take you where you least expect to go.