When the Northwestern Circus train derailed in the woods outside of Leonard, Alabama, and a train car carrying three Bengal tigers overturned, it took five hours for the first one to find its way into town. It appeared in the hardware aisle at Jonathan's General Goods when it crashed through the ceiling onto a display of discounted screwdrivers and ratchets.
-- from "Three Tigers," in Goodbye Crocodile: Short Stories by Conor Patrick. That is the best beginning to a story I have read in forever!
Goodbye Crocodile, published by The London Magazine, is a collection of 12 short stories by an American author living in England. The book is available in America in a Kindle edition or from the published in a paperback edition.
The London Magazine was first published in 1732, making it the UK's oldest cultural journal. Every issue features original poetry, short fiction, reviews, and literary essays. Learn more about The London Magazine, including how to subscribe, at the magazine's website, facebook page, and twitter.
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