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Published: 06/06/2019
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A final, peerlessly poignant collection from an author once described by the New Yorker as ‘the greatest living writer of short stories in English’.

Completed not long before his death, William Trevor’s final story collection is the crowning achievement of a writer of unusual depth and sensitivity.

'What a writer he was; he could flip over a sentence so gently, and show the underbelly in a heartbeat. His work is always quietly compassionate' - Elizabeth Strout

In this final collection of ten exquisite, perceptive and profound stories, William Trevor probes into the depths of the human spirit.

Here we encounter a tutor and his pupil, whose lives are thrown into turmoil when they meet again years later; a young girl who discovers the mother she believed dead is alive and well; and a piano-teacher who accepts her pupil's theft in exchange for his beautiful music.

These gorgeous stories - the last that Trevor wrote before his death - affirm his place as one of the world's greatest storytellers.

An acclaimed novelist and playwright, it is nevertheless as a peerless short story writer that William Trevor will be best remembered. Described as 'the greatest living writer of short stories in the English language' by the New Yorker, he was arguably the greatest exponent of the form of his generation. Combining his trademark wit, eloquence, comic timing and probing insight into the human condition, this, his last collection, is a worthy swansong to an exceptional literary career.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241337783
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

None but those with a complete mastery of fiction can walk this line. William Trevor was not "an Irish Chekhov" or even "the Irish Chekhov". He was and will remain the Irish William Trevor - Guardian

10 stories bring a literary career that lasted more than half a century to a consummate conclusion - Sunday Times

William Trevor's prose runs as clear as water yet tastes like gin - Economist

Extraordinary stories from ordinary lives - The Times

One of the great contemporary chroniclers of the human condition, in all its pathos, comedy and strangeness. As a writer he looked at the world with an always surprised but never scandalised eye, and his writer's heart was with those awkward and obscurely damaged souls who cannot quite manage the business of everyday life - all of us, that is - New Statesman

There are those rare, exceptional writers who are fortunate enough (like their readers) to burn bright and steady over many decades, expressing the same creative clarity at the end of their careers as they did at the beginning. William Trevor was one of those writers - LA Times

We honor him as the supreme master of his honest art - Cynthia Ozick

In the first few paragraphs of a story he could set an entire scene without seeming to, working on details, small moments, odd thoughts. As in the work of Alice Munro, there often seemed to be very little happening in his fiction, but then he was capable of offering the reader a sense of an immense drama

His stories are formally beautiful and, at the same time, interested in the smallness of human lives. He was, as a writer, watchful, unsentimental, alert to frailty and malice. A master craftsman

Trevor is a master of both language and storytelling

Trevor is a master of both language and storytelling - Hilary Mantel

He is one of the great short-story writers, at his best the equal of Chekhov - John Banville

In the first few paragraphs of a story he could set an entire scene without seeming to, working on details, small moments, odd thoughts. As in the work of Alice Munro, there often seemed to be very little happening in his fiction, but then he was capable of offering the reader a sense of an immense drama - Colm Tóibín

The strength of all his writing was an unshowy perfection of style, through which he expressed his unerring instinct for fairness. His total lack of self-importance allowed him to express what was important in the world around him. He was one of the greatest writers about justice and suffering, disguised as an ordinary person - Bernard O’Donoghue

A beautiful writer... I would not have become a writer at all had I not discovered his work. - Yiyun Li

The man - the work - was brilliant, elegant, surprising, reliable, precise, stark, often sad, sometimes funny, shocking and even frightening - Roddy Doyle

His stories are formally beautiful and, at the same time, interested in the smallness of human lives. He was, as a writer, watchful, unsentimental, alert to frailty and malice. A master craftsman - Anne Enright

There is no better short story writer in the English-speaking world - Wall Street Journal

Writers often get asked which authors they return to again and again, their comfort books if you will, the ones that make them remember why fiction matters. William Trevor, I have answered on countless occasions. His stories. Any of them - John Boyne

He is, I think, sui generis, and in his 12 collections (and 13 novels, and two novellas: an exhibition of near-Updikean energy), he has created a version of the short story that almost ignores the form's hundred or so years of intricate evolution. These stories stay in the mind long after they're finished because they're so solid, so deliberately shaped and directed so surely toward their solemn, harsh conclusions - William Boyd, reviewing Cheating at Canasta in the 'New York Times'

A posthumous collection of stories by the Irish writer reflects his formidable craft - Observer

What you might call Trevor's parting shots are as robustly vivid and potent, as wistful and emotionally rigorous, as his more youthful oeuvre - Herald

William Trevor, master of the short story, was at the top of his game in his final decade - Telegraph

William Trevor's short fiction was the stuff of legend - Event Magazine

Trevor's prose style is effortless, elegant and economical, but manages to contain the most hugely difficult feelings: jealousy, guilt and yearning regret - Daily Mail

An Irish writer, an international writer, a great writer. Put bluntly, he is revered by writers - Jhumpa Lahiri

One of the great contemporary chroniclers of the human condition, in all its pathos, comedy and strangeness. As a writer he looked at the world with an always surprised but never scandalised eye, and his writer's heart was with those awkward and obscurely damaged souls who cannot quite manage the business of everyday life - all of us, that is - John Banville, New Statesman

10 stories bring a literary career that lasted more than half a century to a consummate conclusion - Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

None but those with a complete mastery of fiction can walk this line. William Trevor was not "an Irish Chekhov" or even "the Irish Chekhov". He was and will remain the Irish William Trevor - Julian Barnes, Guardian

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Hardback

“Beautiful”

This is the first book I have read by William Trevor and I will definitely be looking into all of the others!
This book has 10 beautifully written and captivating short stories, I couldn't get over how I was... More

Hardback edition
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“Wonderful short stories.”

Many thanks to the publishers for sending me a copy to review.
William Trevor's short stories are beautifully written, with great attention give to both character and situation although I am not normally a fan... More

Hardback edition
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“Thought provoking!”

Thought provoking praiseworthy stories -each different but written with wonderful prose. Very enjoyable.

Paperback edition
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