Watercolour and neon

A cubist anthology of Irish fiction
by
July 2021, no. 433
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The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish short stories edited by Sinéad Gleeson

Apollo, £25 hb, 766 pp

Watercolour and neon

A cubist anthology of Irish fiction
by
July 2021, no. 433
Sinéad Gleeson (photograph via author's website)
Sinéad Gleeson (photograph via author's website)

Back in my bookselling days during the early noughties, I spent a grey London autumn in the company of W.B. Yeats. My employers were Maggs Bros., an old Quaker firm and the queen’s booksellers, then based in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square: a venue that sounds glamorous but wasn’t, or at least not for me. The job involved much sitting in an underheated basement, beneath windows that offered a glimpse of passing ankles, cataloguing my way through stacks that bulged with a collection of Irish literature, predominantly by or associated with Yeats, assembled with frugal determination and frankly insane completism over decades by an autodidact bus conductor from South London.

Geordie Williamson reviews 'The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish short stories' edited by Sinéad Gleeson

The Art of the Glimpse: 100 Irish short stories

edited by Sinéad Gleeson

Apollo, £25 hb, 766 pp

Buy this book

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