The People on Privilege Hill, Jane Gardam, 2008

A delicious collection of 14 stories demonstrating amazing versatility in setting and subject matter, and nearly all are uplifting, clever, and fun.  Often, it’s the final line which provides the zip and closure:  ‘Then he passed the twig to me through the bars.”, “The Jesuits had never heard of Father Ambrose so they kept the umbrellas except for Fiscal-Smith’s and that they chucked in the bin.”, “I believe that Babette’s bath tub, like Babette’s one great novel, will last forever.”  Do read these stories!