This dazzling anthology, edited and introduced by Dermot Bolger, is a splendidly comprehensive and up-to-the-minute collection of the finest recent fiction from a nation of master storytellers. This collection of astonishing breadth reveals a literature of genuine global stature, as ancient as the Irish Sea.
Contributors and stories include:
John Banville, from Mefisto
Leland Bardwell, "The Hairdresser"
Sebastian Barry, from The Engine of Owl-Light
Mary Beckett, "Heaven"
Samuel Beckett, "For to End Yet Again"
Sara Berkeley, "The Sky's Gone Out"
Dermot Bolger, "The Journey Home"
Claire Boylan, "Villa Marta"
Shane Connaughton, "Ojus"
Mary Dorcey, "The Husband"
Roddy Doyle, from The Snapper
Anne Enright, "Men and Angels"
Hugo Hamilton, from Surrogate City
Dermot Healy, "The Death of Matti Bonner"
Aidan Higgins, from Balcony of Europe
Desmond Hogan, from A Curious Street
Jennifer Johnston, from The Christmas Tree
Neil Jordan, "Last Rights"
Patrick McCabe, from The Butcher Boy
Brian Moore, "The Sight"
Edna O'Brien, "What a Sky"
William Trevor, "The Ballroom of Romance"
Val Mulkerns, "Memory and Desire"
Robert McLiam Wilson, from Ripley Bogle
and many more.