Irish Christmas Stories edited by David Marcus

Ballyroan Reads

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This satisfying collection, by Irish writers if the highest calibre, makes the perfect companion for those languid days around Christmas, when you finally sit down and get a moment to yourself. The contents  page reads like a who’s who of the greats of Irish writing , John McGahern, James Plunkett, Frank O’Connor and the recently deceased, the wonderful William Trevor, to name but a few.  There is a full range of moods and emotions here, from childlike wonder to bitter resignation to life’s difficulties. My own favourite is the incomparable Clare Boylan’s story, “The Spirit of the Tree”, which is a pure delight and conveys the era it is set in and the magical thinking of childhood, exquisitely. Eddie Stack’s “Time Passes”  presents us with a sombre, poignant study on the emigrants who return home each year, for Christmas and will strike a chord with many.  William Trevor’s story, “Another…

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