Gringo Soup by John Aspinall
As Lisa, tour leader with Wanderlust Holidays, anticipates supervising the new arrivals on a trip round Mexico, she is feeling less than delighted at the prospect. Her passengers aren't exactly ecstatic either, and not only with the performance of their 'rep'. As we discover in the course of witnessing each day from a different perspective, those on the trip are less than happy both with their travelling companions and, in most cases, with the cards life has dealt them. In this utterly original debut, set against the vibrant backdrop of Mexico, John Aspinall explores with remarkable insight the complexity and pathos of human interaction. In doing so he poignantly reminds us that our perceptions of others are an unreliable guide to the frailties and idiosyncracies concealed by their behaviour.