Elspeth Barker

Bleak Houses

Collected Stories

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Bernard MacLaverty’s collected stories span thirty years, the most recent ones published in 2006. Although the author refers in his introduction to the earlier writings as ‘stories of an inexperienced young man’, many of them are as accomplished as the latest and share their preoccupations, always artfully suggested and often apparent only, and suddenly, towards the end.

There is a great sadness in these quiet recordings of the ways in which people contrive to blight each other’s lives, not always deliberately.

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