An award-winning collection from the author of City of Bohane, which was hailed by Pete Hamill as full of marvels ( The New York Times Book Review ) * Short-listed for the Frank O'Conr Short Story Award * Winner of the Sunday Times Short Story Award * One of last year's most critically acclaimed books in the UK * A Guernica Best Book of the Year * A Library Journal Best Indie Fiction of 2013 * Dark Lies the Island is a wickedly funny and hugely original collection of stories about misspent love and crimes gone horribly wrong. In the Sunday Times Short Story Award winning Beer Trip to Llandud, a pack of middle-aged ale fanatics seeking the perfect pint find more than they bargained for. A pair of sinister old ladies prowl the countryside for a child to make their own. And a poet looking for inner calm buys an ancient inn on the west coast of Ireland but finds instead rancorous locals and catastrophic floodwaters. Kevin Barry's dazzling language, razor-sharp ear for the vernacular, and keen eye for the tragedies and comedies of daily life invest these tales with a startling vitality. Dark Lies the Island was short-listed for the Frank O'Conr International Short Story Award, and as one of the most acclaimed collections in Europe in many years, it heralds the arrival of a new master of the short story.
Kevin Barry is the author of City of Bohane and two story collections. He has won the European Union Prize for Literature and the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award, and was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award. He lives in County Sligo, Ireland.