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An unexpected bonus
8 June 2018
When William Trevor died in 2016, one of the many tributes to this great writer from both sides of the Atlantic was an article in the Wall Street Journal by American speechwriter Mark Salter, who admitted that "The news left me distraught, realizing I would never read another Trevor story for the first time".
Those of us who shared Mr Salter's feelings now have the unexpected pleasure of reading this posthumous collection of ten new William Trevor stories, his twelfth and, sadly, final collection. And what a pleasure it is to appreciate again the beauty and precision of his prose and the boundless compassion and humanity which he extends to his characters.
There is no waning of his powers in this last collection. He described the short story as "the art of the glimpse". Here he offers us, as he has done for fifty years, glimpses of human frailty in many forms, his sympathetic and empathetic eye making universal themes intensely personal and moving.
Although all his sixteen novels and novellas are superb, his style suited the short story perfectly. He once commented "I'm a short story writer who writes novels when he can't get them into short stories". These "Last Stories" are a wonderful reminder of the genius of William Trevor.