People have always been fascinated by the bull, its violent beauty and innate appeal as a symbol of sexual power. And the
elaborate choreography of the bullfight also provides an opportunity to confront the other great obsession - death. To watch
a bullfight is an extraordianry act of voyeurism. Beyond the theatre, the costumes and the well-worn plot is the fact that
a man faces death while the crowd looks on. And so people are drawn to the areana to witness the ultimate spectator sport.
They go to admire gracefulness and agility; to be horrified by the proximity of death; to witness a spectacle - all part of
the business of watching an animal die. And that's why people argue about bullfighting - whether it is a sport, an art form,
or simply a type of stylized torture. The author explores them all, guiding the reader through the maelstrom of ideas.
Author received the Somerset Maughan Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. In 1990 she
was nominated byGranta as one of the Best Young British novelists.