If you are looking for a collection of short stories that are both well written and educational about life in Britain, this book is for you.
“Frozen Pizza and Other Slices of Life” consists of eight stories, each of which provides an insight into some aspect of British society at the start of the 21st century.
The story Frozen Pizza tells the story of an exchange student who lives with a British family while studying science at England University. He decided to stay with a local family because he thought it would help him improve his English. However, his wish goes unfulfilled, as the family’s lifestyle is so strange to him that he ends up having to move out.
The Old Oak Bowl describes a man’s resistance to change. The man believes that “it was wrong to make too many changes.” But one day he realises just how wrong he has been on that score.
I found One of the Lads to be the story most deserving of consideration among the eight. The story talks about an innocent boy, Luke, who loses his real self to an identity imposed on him by a gang. He is too scared to leave the group, believing that without them, he is nothing. However, finding the strength to pursue things in life he really loves, he begins to discover that he does have a choice. Realising that he does not have to stay with the gang, he frees himself to start living a new life.
The other five stories in this collection are also worth a read for their depictions of various aspects of British life including the media, immigration, inner-city problems, leisure activities and life in the countryside, which is perfect if you desire to learn more about this European country.