‘The Pram’ by Roddy Doyle

Story Title: ‘The Pram’ by Roddy Doyle.
Collection/Anthology?: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story (Granta Books)
Date Read: 28th July 2011
Briefly: Polish nanny, Alina plans to take mild revenge on the twins, Ocean and Saibhreas for spilling the beans about her little secret.
Afterthoughts: A splendid contemporary story from Roddy Doyle which gives something of a nod to the old Edwardian ghost story (albeit in a more subtle way than any early twentieth-century chiller ever was). This is a tale which is slow burning and, as can always be expected from Doyle, it is one which is painted with exquisite detail. From his evocative descriptions of Alina’s daily walk along the path beside the sea wall, to his treatment of the most obnoxious and overbearing character in the story – O’Reilly, Alina’s employer (the mother of the children in her care) – Doyle shows with this story why he stands as one of Ireland’s leading storytellers (although to be honest there’s nothing really Irish about this tale, aside from it’s Dublin setting).

Rating: ★★★½☆

This story was read as part of a review of The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story. If you want to find out more about this anthology then please feel free to visit my forethoughts post for this title. Better still, why not get yourself along to the publisher page for this anthology.

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