The playful prose in flash collection Animal Behaviour will make you smile, nod along with recognition, then unexpectedly punch you in the gut with superb final phrases (see A Captive Octopus Will Eat Its Own Arms If Bored or Stressed). McLeod’s use of animal facts as titles is a clever mechanism to allow the reader to see human experience in a new light. Take each flash at a time, don’t gulp them in one go. Each reading of this collection shows a new layer of interpretation. . You will recognise your family, your colleagues, yourself.

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