My favorite of the four stories is the title story, “The Last Busker in London” - a Christmas tale of sorts, but one that takes the usual trappings of such stories and turns them on its head. A beautifully written story about being alone and far away from home during the holiday season and what seemingly seems to be an act of Christmas cheer suddenly reveals itself to be anything but. Crystal beautifully captures the mood of the season and the sense of being alone as he brings you along on this journey over the course of this cold, drunken and quite unexpected evening.
The other three tales, “Sunrise in The City,” - a man wakes up hungover in the back of a car only to discover his friend had stolen it; “The Terrorist on the Tube,” a story that comments on the rising paranoia since the start of the ‘War on Terror’ as well as about making snap judgments about people; and “How To Be Depressed in London,” which discusses the various ways to make your life difficult in a city that is not your own - various roommates, drinking, drugs, prostitutes - all done with a well honed dose of dry wit.
This collection is a great introduction to Garry Crystal’s fiction and I am one who hopes to see a lot more in the future. You can’t go wrong with this collection of original, well written stories. Available as ePub as well as Kindle releases. Highly recommended.