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Dark Lies the Island [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Barry
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Review

"He writes short stories that will satisfy any reader" (Shane Hegarty Irish Times)

"The most exciting Irish short story writer of his generation, one whose best work rivals William Trevor and John McGahern. His language is thrilling: Barry has a Martin Amis-style aversion to writing so much as one dull sentence. Talent this raw and natural simply cannot be taught." (John Burns Sunday Times)

"Kevin Barry's best short stories are like a spade to the face... Short-story writers are often talented phrasemakers, but only the best ensure each phase is as hardworking as it is attractive... Barry earns comparison with the great and shamefully neglected VS Pritchett, whose short stories also employed pronounced comic means for serious, compassionate ends." (Chris Power Guardian)

"Lingers like the best kind of novel." (Metro)

"Reading a short story by Kevin Barry is a bit like listening to a kraut-rock-record from the 1970s. The foundations are built on a solid rhythm. Then every so often, the form veers left-field, unveiling a portal to a world of magic." (Spectator Blog)

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A new book from the winner of the 2012 Sunday Times/EFG Private Bank Short Story Prize

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Winner of the Sunday Times short story prize



Shortlisted for the Edge Hill short story prize




A kiss that just won't happen. A disco at the end of the world. A teenage goth on a terror mission. And OAP kiddie-snatchers, and scouse real-ale enthusiasts, and occult weirdness in the backwoods...



Dark Lies the Island is a collection of unpredictable stories about love and cruelty, crimes, desperation, and hope from the man Irvine Welsh has described as 'the most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years'. Every page is shot through with the riotous humour, sympathy and blistering language that mark Kevin Barry as a pure entertainer and a unique teller of tales.

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'The most exciting Irish short story writer of his generation. Thrilling. Talent this raw and natural simply cannot be taught' Sunday Times

A kiss that just won't happen. A disco at the end of the world. A teenage goth on a terror mission. And OAP kiddie-snatchers, and Scouse real-ale enthusiasts, and occult weirdness in the backwoods...

Dark Lies the Island is a collection of unpredictable stories about love and cruelty, crimes, desperation, and hope, from the man Irvine Welsh has described as 'the most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years'. Every page is shot through with the riotous humour, sympathy and blistering language that mark Kevin Barry as a pure entertainer and a unique teller of tales.

'Richly rewarding' Financial Times

'Lingers like the best kind of novel' Metro

'Fearless . Reckless. Kevin Barry is a wonderful writer' Irish Times

About the Author

Kevin Barry's debut story collection, There Are Little Kingdoms, won the Rooney Prize in 2007. His first novel, City of Bohane, was published in 2011 and shortlisted for the Hughes and Hughes Irish Novel of the Year and the Costa First Novel Award. His short fiction has appeared widely on both sides of the Atlantic, in publications such as Best European Fiction, The Granta Book of the Irish Short Story and the New Yorker.
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