Afterthoughts: Various Authors

In a Nutshell: I find it difficult to comprehend that this is a debut anthology from a new publisher; a publisher who not so long ago was nothing more than a 'simple' book blogger. Rod Redman has put together a short story anthology here that's … [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: Various Authors

NOTE: My final afterthoughts on this anthology have now been posted. It's not often that a short story anthology comes in to my hands and I have a warm and endearing attraction to it even before I begin reading it, but with this one - Various … [Read more...]

Afterthoughts: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol. 3

In a Nutshell: Coming with content that always feels fresh and original, this third offering from the Bristol Short Story Prize is about as close to the perfect short story anthology as it's likely to get. There really is something in here for … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol. 3

Note: My afterthoughts on the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Vol. 3 have now been posted. And so my literary journey brings me to another short story anthology that I'm hugely excited about reading, the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology … [Read more...]