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The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story


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The Man Booker prize-winning author's critically acclaimed selection of the best Irish short stories of the last sixty years, following Richard Ford's best-selling Granta Book of the American Short Story.

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Anne Enright has published essays, short stories, a non-fiction book about motherhood and four novels including The Gathering, winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize. She lives in Dublin.


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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