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  • By shrink-proof on 20 January 2012

    These stories are collected together for the first time & I was recommended them as a sort of modern M R James collection. Well, yes, in so far as they're truly English & at times truly macabre. Yet no, in that they also have a humorous streak running through them that MRJ would never have managed. But they're so much more than that. They're a thoroughly satisfying blend of dark fantasy, ghost story, science fiction & just plain excellent story telling. And thoroughly English to boot.All are set in the village of Binscombe, a place populated by folk who are recognisable enough to feel real, yet who are all, in their individual ways, weird enough to be somewhere between eccentrically appealing & disturbingly sinister. Given that, although each tale stands alone, there are threads that run through the book, I think that this collection would make fascinating TV. Certainly, the array of intriguing characters deployed by Mr Whitbourn would provide intuitive actors with ample mileage - I can see Mark Gatiss as the oft-bemused Mr Oakley & Alan Rickman as the inscrutable Mr Disvan. But even without that, it says much for the writing that the tales can so easily conjure up vivid mental images.Do yourself a favour & buy this book. England will never seem cosy again....

  • By J. Griffiths on 15 November 2011

    I've been recommending the Binscombe Tales for a long while, searching them out in scattered anthologies. Its good to see them easily available in one place! These are difficuly to describe: yes, there are some classic ghost stories - the comparison with M R James is well made - but there's a strong fantasy and folkloric element. The nearest recent thing anything like these I can think of is the 'Rivers of London', but these stories are much darker and set in an English village in pub, council estate and suburban railway embankment. (I first put a version of this review out on the first of the sets of Kindle stories, saying I'd probably need to collect the complete set, without realising that there would be a complete hardcover collection! so its this I'll be needing to get for Christmas...)

  • By Dolores Gordon-Smith on 25 April 2012

    I absolutely loved the Binscomne Tales. John Whitbourne takes us to a world that sits edge on to ours, a totally believable other place that it seems possible to slip into. That's because the settings are very everyday and so well described that we follow the constantly bewildered Mr Oakly into a place where very strange events seem completely possible. I loved the characters, such as Reggie Suntan, and his utter confidence that Mr Diswan will sort everything out. And he does -to his own satisfaction at least. There's something of the flair of John Wyndham mixed with MR James - and I love both . Great stuff!

  • By SteveC on 1 September 2013

    Bought this after reading Frankenstein's Legions.Basically a collection of stories about the village of Binscombe where nothing is what it seems. Every story is different and has a twist, but not always necessarily at the end of the story which adds to the variety.

  • By D Lauchlan on 4 March 2014

    I can only echo the other reviews. This is a fantastic collection of macabre, quirky and darkly funny tales set in the heart of the English South. A splendid read that would make fantastic tv or radio but don't wait for the right producer to snap it up. Get it and read it. Well worth the cost of two coffees/pints.

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