Dip Flash

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Dip Flash  
First edition
Author Jonathan Pinnock
Cover artist Mark Holihan
Language English
Publisher Cultured Llama
Publication date 2018
ISBN 978-0-99573-817-1

Dip Flash is a collection of short stories by Jonathan Pinnock. It is his second collection and was published by Cultured Llama in April 2018.


In Dip Flash we are taken to worlds where houses disappear, a wife runs off with a porpoise, and on to Heaven, where only French is spoken. From a bull in a china shop to a scheme for releasing the equity in grannies, these stories are dark and raw, grotesque and fantastic. They are also laugh-out-loud funny.

Critical Reception

Joanne Harris said that it was

really quite a remarkable collection – compact, witty, incisive and surreal. Loved it!

and David Gaffney said

Endlessly inventive and astonishingly original, these sharply executed slivers of wit and fun are well-crafted yet have at the same time a rawness that makes you feel that they could have sprung out from Pinnock’s mind in one single unedited bound.

However, despite these kind remarks, Dip Flash failed to make any impression whatsoever on the book-buying public.

Relevance to the Mathematical Mysteries

Dip Flash contains the story Financial Engineering or Whatever Shall We Do With Grandma?, which explores the potential for making money out of the sale of grandmothers, in much the same way that Rufus Fairbanks describes to Tom in The Truth About Archie and Pye.


The phrase 'Dot Dash Dot Dash Dot Dash/Dot Dash Dot Dash Dot Dash/Dip Flash Dip Flash Dip Flash/Dip Flash Dip Flash Dip Flash' appears in the song 'Dot Dash' by Wire.