. The title of the collection is printed on the cover in an almost ghostly blue against black, the words virtually disappearing as a result. Was it planned? The cover photo of a studious owl is by Dutch photographer Arno Van Zon, a renowned snapper of birds and small insects. The bird looks disdainfully to one side. I really do regret not having had a good chat with Matthew Sweeney when I had the chance. To some extent, this brave and affirming collection makes up for it.