I highly recommend Liz Nugent’s SKIN DEEP and John Boyne’s A LADDER TO THE SKY. Both are psychological thrillers with intriguing character studies and unique themes – the type of books you will not want to put down. AND, once the full horror of these character driven stories had time to really sink in, I was struck with a rather creepy thought as I imagined what the ‘love child’ of Nugent’s ‘Delia’ and Boyne’s ‘Maurice’ might be like – but you’ll have to read the novels to fully understand what I mean by that!!
An illuminating exploration of contemporary Irish society. These stories feature a cast of eclectic and compelling characters, snapshots of different lives, the collection also includes a novella, Isaiah’s Reach. Inspired by Malone’s observations while working with recently arrived refugees from Syria and Iraq, these narratives offer a glimpse into the worlds of the new Irish, carrying with them indigenous cultures, history and often times, great pain, and all explore the common and the uncommon through authentic voices.
This Cruel Station is published by DOIRE PRESS
Much praise has already been heaped upon this collection of short stories, and rightly so. Caldwell’s writing exposes a brutally truthful voice, and perhaps, is responding to the fundamental underbelly of human nature – the murky and the painful – stuff that readers can relate to, however uncomfortably the narratives punch out from the pages. You may laugh, gasp, cringe or cry, each story with the capacity to leave you a little battered and breathless, but that won’t stop you turning the pages for the next assault on your senses!
ROOM LITTLE DARKER is published by New Island