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Dark Lies the Island
by Kevin Barry

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Dark Lies the Island
by Author Name Kevin Barry

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List Price:18.45
Format: Paperback, 216 x 135 x 15mm, 192pp
Publication date: 05 Apr 2012
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
ISBN-13: 9780224090582

Dubray Review

Kevin Barry’s new short story collection contains a clamour of voices by turns hilarious, tragic and irreverent, but which always ring true. With wit, empathy and an unrivalled ear for dialogue, Barry takes the reader on a rambunctious tour of Ireland and beyond, encountering crime, the occult, teenage goths, OAP kidnappers and other apocalyptic happenings along the way. Highlights include Beer Trip to Llandudno, in which a group of beer enthusiasts encounter love and loss in pursuit of a great ale; and Fjord of Killary, which sees a densely-populated hotel on the west coast of Ireland become unexpectedly - and joyously - flooded. Barry won many fans last year with his thrilling debut novel, City of Bohane and Dark Lies the Island looks set to enhance his reputation. It is a brilliantly entertaining and unpredictable addition to the Irish short story canon.

- Eimear Ryan, Dun Laoghaire


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.


"He writes short stories that will satisfy any reader" -- Shane Hegarty Irish Times "The most exciting Irish short story writer of his generation, one whose best work rivals William Trevor and John McGahern. His language is thrilling: Barry has a Martin Amis-style aversion to writing so much as one dull sentence. Talent this raw and natural simply cannot be taught." -- John Burns Sunday Times "Kevin Barry's best short stories are like a spade to the face... Short-story writers are often talented phrasemakers, but only the best ensure each phase is as hardworking as it is attractive... Barry earns comparison with the great and shamefully neglected VS Pritchett, whose short stories also employed pronounced comic means for serious, compassionate ends." -- Chris Power Guardian "Lingers like the best kind of novel." Metro "Reading a short story by Kevin Barry is a bit like listening to a kraut-rock-record from the 1970s. The foundations are built on a solid rhythm. Then every so often, the form veers left-field, unveiling a portal to a world of magic." Spectator Blog