Here's the front and back covers (and some of the blurb repeated underneath in case you missed it):
'Mimetic prose, heartfelt compassion, razor-sharp observation. A conduit
through which the real world passes on its way to the page, Alan Beard is a
superb short story writer and here he is at the top of his game'
'Alan Beard is the real thing - a writer with true talent and staying
power and a dedication to the short story form. This marvellous
new collection deserves a wide audience.'
Hot Little Danny first published in pulp.net 2005.
Backing Up appeared in 'The New Writer' 2009.
Above the Shop appeared in 'Pretext Vol 2', 2000.
The Party appeared in Tell Tales 3, 2006.
At the Back of Everything appeared (as 'Mustard') in 'Sunk Island Review', 2008.
Background Noise appeared on the 'East of the Web' site, 2009.
One for the Album
The Ditch appeared in 'Even More Tonto Stories', 2010.
The Heebie-Jeebies appeared on 'East of the Web', 2009.
The original cover, or the working-cover before the one above was chosen looks like this:
I do like this cover, it seems to fit neatly with some of the stories (especially Background Noise), and it has a nice claustrophobic/edgy/neglected feel. However the cover finally chosen is better, I think.
I notice that this cover keeps cropping up though - on amazon, on reviews (eg the one in the Independent today (5.1.11).