The photograph: a box of crumpled strong-room bags, with numbered labels attached.
The story: Royle’s narrator tells how he became interested in buses as a boy, and stole some destination blinds and bus Fleetbooks. There’s a great rhythm to this piece, helped along by the short lists of bus destinations that punctuate it. And Royle tops it off with a dark twist at the end.
Link: Nicholas Royle’s website / interview with Royle on his story
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