Edited through Joseph O'Connor (author of Star of the Sea and Ghost Light) New Irish brief tales is a gorgeous assortment from a desirable number of writers, either new and verified. that includes, between many others, William Trevor and Roddy Doyle, Rebecca Miller and Richard Ford, Christine Dwyer Hickey and Colm Toibin, it exhibits the quick tale to be a colourful, thriving shape and one who should still remain celebrated and encouraged.
This assortment follows the 2 acclaimed versions David Marcus edited for Faber in 2004-5 and 2006-7.
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