The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story

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Lyrical, dark, comic or iconoclastic, the Irish short story has always punched well above its weight. Anne Enright has brought together a dazzling collection of Irish stories by authors born in the twentieth century - from Mary Lavin and Frank O'Connor to Claire Keegan and Kevin Barry. With a pithy and passionate introduction by Enright, The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story traces this great tradition through decades of social change and shows the pleasure Irish writers continue to take in the short-story ...

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Overview

Lyrical, dark, comic or iconoclastic, the Irish short story has always punched well above its weight. Anne Enright has brought together a dazzling collection of Irish stories by authors born in the twentieth century - from Mary Lavin and Frank O'Connor to Claire Keegan and Kevin Barry. With a pithy and passionate introduction by Enright, The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story traces this great tradition through decades of social change and shows the pleasure Irish writers continue to take in the short-story form. Deft and often devastating, the short story dodges the rolling mythologies of of Irish life to produce truths that are delightful and real.

Also includes stories by: Maeve Brennan, Roddy Doyle, Mary Lavin, Colum McCann, William Trevor, John McGahern, Colm Toibin, Claire Keegan and Kevin Barry.

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Enright has assembled a collection notable for its emotional range, its openness to many voices (not all lonely) and its willingness to reflect current realities. There is no conclusive formula linking such disparate narratives, no slick exploitation of Irishness, but rather a rich interplay of themes that capture a world in transition. Declan Kiberd, Irish Times

A rich and absorbing volume, an evocation of life in Ireland which, at its finest, produces brilliantly skewering fragments written to pierce as well as gleam ... Enright's choice is a shrewd one, succeeding in typifying each writer whilst expressing their uniqueness. Tom Adair, Scotland on Sunday

A book that intoxicates you with the sheer scope and potency of the short story form. Daragh Reddin, Metro

The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story is more cherishable than canonical, and refreshingly contemporary in its selection of writers and writerly concerns. Keith Hopper, Times Literary Supplement

[Anne Enright's] witty, brilliant introduction is one of the jewels in this selection ... When making her choices she concentrated on the art rather than the Irishness, and the result is sometimes wonderfully unexpected - here are William Trevor, Colm Toibin, Roddy Doyle, Clare Boylan and all the other geniuses, but not as you think you know them. Unmissable. Kate Saunders, The Times

In an elegant and considered introduction to this collection, [Enright] explains that these short stories are simply ones she enjoys. However, the 31 inclusions cannot but say something about Ireland ... 'A Priest in the Family' by Colm Toibin is superb ... Edna O'Brien offers another fresh take on the sexuality of the clergy ... The further positives of The Grnta Book of the Irish Short Story are too many to mention ... In this collection you encounter loners, outsiders and deeper versions of people you know; and eventually, one will say something just to you, and the mystery of the Irish short story comes as close as it can to being understood. Eithne Shortall, Sunday Times Ireland

We may not be very good at economics or honest politics, but we certainly know how to write a short story. The excellent Granta Book of the Irish Short Story, edited by Anne Enright, is a must-read. Irish Times

Full of tales that combine lyricism, humour and tragedy by the likes of William Trevor as well as relative newcomers such as Claire Keegan and Philip Ceallaigh, it is shot through with an enduring sense of place but at the same time marks the enormous social changes Ireland has undergone in the past century. Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller

This collection makes a bewitching bedside companion, amply illustrating that the Irish short story is very much alive and kicking. Emma Hagestadt, Lady

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847082558
  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • Publication date: 4/5/2012
  • Edition description: General
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Anne Enright has published essays, a non-fiction book about motherhood, Making Babies, four novels and two books of short stories, The Portable Virgin and Taking Pictures. Her novel The Gathering won the Man Booker Prize in 2007.
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Table of Contents

The Road to the Shore by Michael McLaverty
The Pram by Roddy Doyle
An Attack of Hunger by Maeve Brennan
Summer Voices by John Banville
Summer Night by Elizabeth Bowen
Music at Annahullion by Eugene McCabe
Naming the Names by Anne Devlin
Shame by Keith Ridgway
Memory and Desire by Val Mulkerns
The Mad Lamasneys by Frank O'Connor
Walking Away by Philip O Ceallaigh
Villa Marta by Clare Boylan
Lilacsby by Mary Lavin
Meles Vulgaris by Patrick Boyle
The Trout by Sean O Faolain
Night in Tunisia by Neil Jordan
Sister Imelda by Edna O'Brien
The Key by John McGahern
A Priest in the Family by Colm Toibin
The Supremacy of Grief by Hugo Hamilton
The Swing of Things by Jennifer C. Connell
Train Tracks by Aidan Matthews
See the Tree, How Big It's Grown by Kevin Barry
Visit by Gerard Donovan
Everything in this Country Must by Colum McCann
Curfew by Sean O'Reilly
Language, Truth and Lockjaw by Bernard MacLaverty
Midwife to the Fairies by Eilis Ni Dhuibhne
Men and Women by Claire Keegan
Mothers Were All the Same by Joseph O'Connor
The Dressmaker's Child by William Trevor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Excellent Selections

    I used this book for a course I taught in Irish literature. The introduction by Anne Enright, the book's editor and a famous Irish short story story writer and novelist, provides an excellent overview to the collection. A book like this is the next best thing to visiting Ireland on one's own.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    beautiful collection

    The stories are very interesting and give the reader a great view into Irish life. I am usually into a darker style of short stories but these are definitely worth checking out as well.

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