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Defying Fate

List of contents

PART I
Lower Market Street 1973
Coup de theatre
The most beautiful man on Spetse
Bluebeard's mementoes
Scarlet
Invisible
Wasp
perfectmatch.com
Would like to meet us
There's no such thing as a blank canvas
Splinter
Stage fright
Crush
Hook
Green boucle jacket
Dream lover
The Boxer
Whole lotta love
Chase the lady
Off the hook

PART II
It's a wonderful life
Hard cash
Free school dinners
Positive thinking
Laryngitis
Mother love
Sex education
Non-stop Aston Villa football special
Connoisseuse of kisses
The year of eating dangerously
Top Rank Suite 1971
Leaving home
Can't you get it into your thick skull?
Tuning up
Dancing to Motown
Journey
His last night

PART III
After I was done with pleasure
Winter fly
Interior with a Violin Case
Café Le Figaro
Elizabeth David making mayonnaise
Personal growth
Martinet
Communion
Waterloo Street August 1999
The fuck-ups club
My body is a temple
Cardiac arrest
Miracle
This old heart of mine
Mirror in the bathroom
Haemorrhage
Bruise
Still life
A ghost in my house

Biographical note