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EAN: 9781473511033
Published: 6 Mar 2014


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*Winner of the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
*Winner of the 2014 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature

This magnificent collection takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland – a town in which the youth have the run of the place. 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 debut does not take us to Glanbeigh alone; there are other towns, and older characters. But each story is defined by a youth lived in a crucible of menace and desire – and each crackles with the uniform energy and force that distinguish this terrific collection.

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What the critics say

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

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.
- Irish Times

Colin Barrett is a writer of extraordinary gifts. I loved this compelling and utterly persuasive collection, the strongest debut I've read in some years.
- Joseph O'Connor

[Barrett's] stories invite second readings that – the mark of really good work – seem to uncover sentences that weren't there the first time around... Throughout this extraordinary debut, but particularly in the excellent stories that bookend it, Colin Barrett is asking the right questions.
- Guardian

A debut short story collection that captures what it’s like to be young in rural Ireland in 2014.
- New Statesman

The best collection we’ll read all year: a massive new talent, and stories that will make you yearn and nod and cry.
- Bookmunch

An exciting debut... Electric.
- Sunday Times

Barrett excels at scenarios rich in moral and emotional complications and his finely wrought sentences crunch and snap with hard-bitten lyricism.
- Metro

How dare a debut writer be this good? Young Skins has all the hallmarks of an instant classic… His vision is sharp, his wit is sly, and the stories in this collection come alive with that ineffable thing – soul.
- Alison MacLeod

A triumph.
- Literary Review

Barrett’s details shine like diamonds in a coal scuttle.
- Independent

‘[Barrett] cuts across all kinds of boundaries of class and education to produce immensely tender portraits of living characters.
- Irish Examiner

This is an exceptional debut, and one of the best collection of short stories that I have read in years.
- Irish Post

An exciting debut
- Sunday Times

I don’t think I’ve ever read a better collection by somebody I had never heard of
- Evening Standard

About the Author

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.

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