Winner of the 2014 Guardian First Book Award.
Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold once. The Peacock has closed its doors. Here the young live hard and wear the scars. It matters whose sister you were seen with. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, it matters a very great deal.
'Colin Barrett's sentences are lyrical and tough and smart, but there is something more here that makes him a really good writer. His stories are set in a familiar emotional landscape, but they give us endings that are new. What seems to be about sorrow and foreboding turns into an adventure, instead, in the tender art of the unexpected. -- Anne Enright
'Language, structure, style - Colin Barrett has all the weapons at his disposal, and how, and he has an intuitive sense for what a short story is, and what it can do.' -- Kevin Barry
'Colin Barrett is a young man in the town of the short story, but it's fair to say he has the run of the place. This is a joyously fine collection, crackling with energy and verve, fit for the back pocket of anyone who loves a good story well told.' -- Jon McGregor
'Magnificent...A stunning debut... The timeless nature of each story means this collection can - and will - be read many years from now.' Sunday Times
'(Ireland) Incredible... Human violence, beauty, brilliance of language - this book reminds you of the massive things you can do in short fiction.' -- Evie Wyld
'Exciting and stylistically adventurous.' -- Colm Toibin Irish Times
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||6th March 2014|
|Publisher:||Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Shorter Reads,|
Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. In 2009 he was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize. His work has been published in The Stinging Fly magazine and in the anthologies, Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails (Stinging Fly Press, 2010) and Town and Country (Faber and Faber, 2013). This is his first book.More About Colin Barrett