'It's like gadgets in shops. You buy a gadget and you develop an affection for it...but all of a sudden there are newer and better gadgets in the shops. More up-to-date models'. William Trevor has been acclaimed as the greatest contemporary writer of short stories in the English language, likened to Chekhov for his insights into human nature. These three tales of obsession, heartbreak, silent sorrow and the small tragedies of ordinary lives are profound, immaculate and beautiful. This book includes "The Mark-2 Wife", "The Time of Year" and "Cheating at Canasta".