‘To The Hills’ by Kevin Barry

Title: ‘To The Hills’ by Kevin Barry
Collection/Anthology?: There Are Little Kingdoms (Stinging Fly Press)
Date Read: 24 August 2010
Briefly: Middle-aged ‘minxes’ Teresa and Marie set off on a session of hillwalking with seasoned veteran Brian. There’s an overnight stay in a B&B planned, and with Brian being an object of desire for both women, the scene is set for a rather interesting bipedal excursion.
Afterthoughts: From my brief description above it probably sounds as though ‘To The Hills’ is nothing more than a ‘Hugh Hefner in hiking boots’ comic rompfest. Actually it’s nothing of the sort. The characters have all been delightfully and skillfully painted by Barry, before being brought together in a rather tense, edgy and subtly competitive atmosphere. It’s a great story – humourous in a non-smutty way – and Barry captures mood and moment brilliantly.

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of Kevin Barry’s short story collection, There Are Little Kingdoms. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to either visit my ‘forethoughts’ post, or to pop along to the product page for the collection, on the publisher’s website.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).