These previously uncollected stories encapsulate Jane Mander’s appeal as a short fiction writer. They are lively to read and demonstrate her finesse as a prose stylist, but they have another attraction: a focus on strong and distinctive female characters and on the compromises, sacrifices and devotion their convictions demand. The stories are edited and introduced by Polly Hoskins. Polly graduated MA with distinction in English at the University of Canterbury, and was president of the Drama Society. She won the Howard McNaughton Prize in Cultural Studies (2016) and a university Blue for literature (2019). She is the author of Ngaio Marsh’s Hamlet: the 1943 production script.