Jane Seaford

Jane Seaford’s two novels, ‘The Insides of Banana Skins’ and ‘Archie’s Daughter’ and her short story collection, ‘Dead is Dead and Other Stories’ received excellent reviews. Her stories do well in international competitions, appear in anthologies and magazines and are broadcast on Radio New Zealand. She had a column in ‘Bonjour Magazine’ and has sold articles to the Guardian, the Independent and other British publications. Her website is janeseaford.com.

Jane Seaford: There are some things even you a control freak can't fix

Your mobile, next to you on the table, rings. Far too early. It is just after one PM and so the operation, which, the doctors had told you, should, all being well, take most of the day, is probably already over.