Forethoughts: The Dig by Cynan Jones

Although The Dig (Granta Books) from Welsh author Cynan Jones is newly published, I’m not unfamiliar with it, or at least part of it. You see, back in February 2013 I read a short story by Mr. Jones that was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Friday 8th November 2013

Clare Vaye Watkins shorts out 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize - What a joy it is to see that American Clare Vaye Watkins has won the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize for her collection, Battleborn (Granta Books). And coming right off the back of Alice Munro being … [Read more...]

‘Summer Voices’ by John Banville

Story Title: 'Summer Voices' by John Banville. Collection/Anthology?: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story (Granta Books) Date Read: 7th September 2011 Briefly: Telling her auntie that she's going away for a swim, a young girl with bullied … [Read more...]

‘An Attack of Hunger’ by Maeve Brennan

Story Title: 'An Attack of Hunger' by Maeve Brennan. Collection/Anthology?: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story (Granta Books) Date Read: 11th August 2011 Briefly: Rose Derdon is in turmoil. Her only son John has flown the nest to join the … [Read more...]

‘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 … [Read more...]

‘The Road to the Shore’ by Michael McLaverty

Story Title: 'The Road to the Shore' by Michael McLaverty Collection/Anthology?: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story (Granta Books) Date Read: 28th June 2011 Briefly: It's the convent's annual trip to the seaside, and Sister Paul is praising … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story

The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story may have been out for a while now (it was published November last year), but don't let that suggest to you in any way that I was unwilling to pick it up and read it. For me there are few short story writers … [Read more...]

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2011 longlist announced

The longlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was announced earlier today. Funded by Arts Council England, and administrated for the first time this year by the Booktrust, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is the only UK prize … [Read more...]

Herta Müller becomes latest Nobel Laureate in Literature

A special day today in the world of literature, as Rumanian-born German author Herta Müller becomes the latest Nobel Laureate in Literature to join the prestigious roll of 105 past winners. In a live web cast direct from the Swedish Academy, … [Read more...]