Author(s): Kevin Barry
Winner of the Sunday Times short story prize b> b>Shortlisted for the Edge Hill short story prize 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.
A new book from the winner of the 2012 Sunday Times/EFG Private Bank Short Story Prize
Winner of The Edgehill Prize 2013 (UK).
"Stealthy and shimmering" * Boston Globe * "He writes short stories that will satisfy any reader" -- Shane Hegarty * Irish Times * "This book of short stories seals Barry's rep as one of the most original voices to emerge from the Emerald Isle in some years. Full of acute observation and sly wit, this collection is the ideal companion to his equally excellent novel, City of Bohane" -- Ryan Rushton * Skinny * "These darkly comic short stories are beautifully written and the author's keen appreciation of the vernacular makes the characters leap off the page and thump you in the face" -- Ciara Geraghty * Woman's Way * "Wonderfully, restlessly alive" * The Times *
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. In 2012, his story Beer Trip to Llandudno was awarded the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.