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Dark Lies the Island - Kevin Barry

Dark Lies the Island - Kevin Barry

Title: Dark Lies the Island

Author:  Kevin Barry

ISBN:  9780224090582

Weight:  455g

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Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

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, The Skinny

He writes short stories that will satisfy any reader.

Shane Hegarty, Irish Times

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

Bibliographic Info

TitleDark Lies the Island
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
DatedMay ’12
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Edge Hill Prize 2013 – winner

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2012 – winner

Frank O’Connor Int. Short Story Award 2012 – shortlist

Book Stats
PublisherVintage Publishing
ImprintJonathan Cape
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139780224090582
ISBN 100224090585
FormatPaperback original
Size (h x w x d)215 x 145 x 15mm

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