Departures is a pleasant collection of sevens stories about the staff and travellers who frequent Heathrow Airport in London. The stories are all stand alone however there is some overlap where characters reappear in later stories.

All the stories are interesting snippets of life in a busy airport. People using the airport vary from the rich and famous to drug mules, to hopeful romantics and to average families. Each one has a story to tell.

The staff also cover a cross section of society with those spending their first day on the job, or their first years in a new career, along with seasoned staff who have seen every scenario played out.

I was quite impressed with Tony Parsons as a story teller. He was able to take simple daily happenings and provide insights into human nature by adding depth and colour to each incident.

An enjoyable collection of short stories.