Afterthoughts: Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

In a Nutshell: Dark Lies the Island is easily as good as Barry's debut collection There Are Little Kingdoms, and in some respects - mainly in terms of maturity - it's even better. I may have been worried going into this one thinking that I may have … [Read more...]

Short story review: Berlin Arkonaplatz – My Lesbian Summer by Kevin Barry

Story Title: Berlin Arkonaplatz – My Lesbian Summer by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: Young Irish writer Patrick arrives in Berlin one summer, and shares an apartment with a lesbian Slavic fashion … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

Story Title: Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: As Sara stays alone at her father's summer house, she fights the demons inside. She's a self harmer, and despite having much to … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: White Hitachi by Kevin Barry

Story Title: White Hitachi by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: The Mullaney brothers may be perpetually involved in crime but then they really only have each other, and a beat up white Hitachi van … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: The Girls and the Dogs by Kevin Barry

Story Title: The Girls and the Dogs by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: On the run from the law (and just about everyone else), the narrator decides to lay low for a bit, staying in a decrepit … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: Doctor Sot by Kevin Barry

Story Title: Doctor Sot by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: The aged Doctor Sot suffers from terrible headaches and to dull the pain he continually swigs on naggins of Jamesons whiskey. During a trip … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: Wistful England by Kevin Barry

Story Title: 'Wistful England' by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Date Read: 15th March 2012 Briefly: Displaced and depressed, fibre optic cable layer Daniel wanders through his new life in London, in a … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘The Mainland Campaign’ by Kevin Barry

Story Title: 'The Mainland Campaign' by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly:A young Irish terrorist gets his first assignment in London. Will emotional attachment get the better of him? Afterthoughts: … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘Ernestine and Kit’ by Kevin Barry

Story Title: 'Ernestine and Kit' by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: It's a perfect sunny day in June and Ernestine and Kit (a pair of 'respectable' senior ladies) set off in their car to visit some … [Read more...]

Short Story Review: ‘Beer Trip to Llandudno’ by Kevin Barry

Story Title: 'Beer Trip to Llandudno' by Kevin Barry Collection/Anthology?: Dark Lies the Island (Jonathan Cape) Briefly: A party of close-knit ale loving Liverpudlians hit Wales, in search of the perfect tipple. Afterthoughts: This is the story … [Read more...]