Town and Country
Kevin Barry, Kevin Barry
Edited by award winning novelist and short story writer Kevin Barry, this volume will once again mix established names with previously unpublished authors, and will seek to offer fresh renditions to the Irish story – new angles, new approaches, new modes of attack.
Published in 2011, New Irish Short Stories, edited by Joseph O’Connor, has sold over 10,000 copies to date and featured Kevin Barry’s ‘Beer Trip to Llandudno’ – winner of the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize – as well as stories by William Trevor, Dermot Bolger and Roddy Doyle which went on to be Afternoon Readings on BBC Radio 4.
A strong and thought provoking collection. Sunday Business Post Sharp, lively and varied selection ... The range of themes, characters, locations and moods covered in these pages is impressive; there is an inventive uncertainty in its mix of established voices and highly promising new ones, such as those of Mary Costello, Andrew Meehan, Colin Barrett andLisa McInerney. And Barry's creative editing has ensured that, as promised, we can discern here the shape of Irish fiction to come. -- Giles Newington Irish Times Town & Country flaunts its diversity. The "great, mad and rude new energies" Barry touts in his introduction are certainly present. At its best, this collection sings as well as soars. An unruly chorus of unalike minds. -- Tom Adair The Scotsman Bursting at the seams with literary talent Hot Press
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