An anthology of the very best Irish short stories, selected by Sinead Gleeson, author of Constellations, winner of the Irish Book Award Non Fiction Book of the Year 2019.
Sinead Gleeson's debut essay collection Constellations: Reflections from Life (Picador) won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at 2019 Irish Book Awards and in 2020 was shortlisted for the Dalkey Literary Award, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Michel Deon Prize. Her short stories have featured in several anthologies including Being Various: New Irish Short Stories (Faber, 2019) and Repeal the 8th. She has edited the award-winning anthologies The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland, and is currently working on a novel.
'Sinead Gleeson's latest anthology is a call for the realignment of
the Irish literary canon as she presents her vision of new and
established voices sitting comfortably side by side ... The sheer
variety of the styles and genres included in this anthology ensure
it caters to many different tastes and readers will return to many
of the stories again and again' * RTE *
'A beautiful piece of publishing ... Over 700 pages of Irish short stories ... Expands the canon of the Irish short story, it's full of marginalised and forgotten voices, women, LGBT writers, forgotten 19th-century voices' -- Clare Byrne * Irish Independent *
'Gleeson radically reimagines the canon of the Irish short story, from the classic and familiar to the urgent and contemporary ... An ambitious, joyous representation of the beloved traditional form' * Dazed *
'Sometimes described as a 'glimpse of truth', short stories can be all the more forceful, inventive and meticulously crafted for their brevity, as Sinead Gleeson's excellent anthology demonstrates' * Extra.ie *
'Whilst the collection sparkles with new stars of current Irish writing right alongside those loved for decades, it is the breadth of talent on display here which is truly amazing' * Leitrim Observer *
'Gleeson has almost single-handedly revolutionised the literary anthology in Ireland ... This is a masterpiece of selection and execution ... This one works like a dream to create a wonderful, maybe even definitive book of stories from Ireland' * New European *
'From famous names to forgotten voices, a gloriously varied collection revitalises the Irish Canon ... There's poison and antidote, with abject hopelessness tempered by hope' * Guardian *