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There Are Little Kingdoms
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Kevin Barry is the author of City of Bohane and two story collections. He has won the European Union Prize for Literature and the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, and was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award. He lives in County Sligo, Ireland.

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"Magnificent. This is show-stopping stuff." --Sunday Tribune (Ireland)"Immensely entertaining . . . A brilliant example of short story writing at its best." --The Sunday Business Post (Ireland)"Some of the most beautiful and lyrical writing ever composed by an Irish writer . . . There are truly great things here. Expect more." --Irish Examiner"A collection of vibrant, original, and intelligent short stories, and a number of the tales contained in There Are Little Kingdoms deserve to be read and reread, and to outlast the strange years that made them." --The Irish Times -Magnificent. This is show-stopping stuff.- --Sunday Tribune (Ireland)-Immensely entertaining . . . A brilliant example of short story writing at its best.- --The Sunday Business Post (Ireland)-Some of the most beautiful and lyrical writing ever composed by an Irish writer . . . There are truly great things here. Expect more.- --Irish Examiner-A collection of vibrant, original, and intelligent short stories, and a number of the tales contained in There Are Little Kingdoms deserve to be read and reread, and to outlast the strange years that made them.- --The Irish Times Magnificent. This is show-stopping stuff. "Sunday Tribune (Ireland)" Immensely entertaining . . . A brilliant example of short story writing at its best. "The Sunday Business Post (Ireland)" Some of the most beautiful and lyrical writing ever composed by an Irish writer . . . There are truly great things here. Expect more. "Irish Examiner" A collection of vibrant, original, and intelligent short stories, and a number of the tales contained in "There Are Little Kingdoms" deserve to be read and reread, and to outlast the strange years that made them. "The Irish Times"" "Magnificent. This is show-stopping stuff." --"Sunday Tribune" (Ireland) "Immensely entertaining . . . A brilliant example of short story writing at its best." --"The Sunday Business Post" (Ireland) "Some of the most beautiful and lyrical writing ever composed by an Irish writer . . . There are truly great things here. Expect more." --"Irish Examiner" "A collection of vibrant, original, and intelligent short stories, and a number of the tales contained in "There Are Little Kingdoms" deserve to be read and reread, and to outlast the strange years that made them." --"The Irish Times" "Kevin Barry has produced a collection of vibrant, original, and intelligent short stories, and a number of the tales contained in "There Are Little Kingdoms" deserve to be read and reread, and to outlast the strange years that made them." --Philip O Ceallaigh, "The Irish Times" "Kevin Barry is among the brightest and most delightful new voices in Irish fiction." --Rick Moody "Kevin Barry's immensely entertaining debut collection of stories is filled with compelling characters, each of them fleshed out by his pungent power of description." --Elizabeth McGuane, "The Sunday Business Post""In the opening story - 'Atlantic City' - the languid atmosphere of a sultry summer night in a non-descript midlands town is perfectly evoked. Barry's dialogue here is suitably sure-footed and he demonstrates a deft hand in capturing the unrealised aspirations of his characters: 'The summer night' he writes, 'announced itself, with its own starlit energies. It brought temptation, yearning and ache, because these are summer things.' If this is the closest Barry comes to approximating a latter day John McGahern, elsewhere his rural landscapes have more in common with the riotous, serrated world of Martin McDonagh in which adultery, lust and alcoholism are rife. In the memorably dark 'Animal Needs', the author carefully straddles the line between comedy and tragedy . . . at his best Barry casts a caustic, quirky and offbeat eye over modern rural Ireland." --Daragh Reddin, "Metro""Barry has some marvellous phrases: 'Marie he decided, was just too good-looking for him: he wouldn't have a hope in hell. Teresa, on the other hand, was at the back of the line when chins were handed out, and she had the eyes of a crow. Surely this might play to his advantage?' He is also gifted in evoking place, in his sly humour, in catching atmosphere and in reducing humans down to their landscape, not allowing them to swell and dominate as they usually do in literature. The text "There Are Li

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