in broad street

Scritch, scratch

Liszt is a family name, but the family in question does not seem to be related to the Hungarian composer. Rather, it is a pun on ‘list’: cataloguing items and thoughts is more than a hobby for Mama Liszt, Papa Liszt, Winifred, Edward, Frederick, Grandpa, and the cat. It is their identity and an inherently solitary occupation the family share. ‘Mama made lists of ghastly illnesses and the greatest football players of all time. Papa made lists of dreaded chores and small winged insects.’