Kevin Barry

© Martina Kenji

(1969)

Kevin Barry is the author of one novel and two short story collections, the most recent of which, Dark Lies the Island, included the story 'Beer Trip to Llandudno' for which he won the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2012, the world's premier short story prize. His first collection of stories, There Are Little Kingdoms was published by The Stinging Fly Press in 2007 and was an immediate success. His first novel, City of Bohane (2011) received largely positive reviews and won the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The book is a futuristic, apocalyptic western-thriller, which is highly influenced by film, graphic novels and popular culture. Barry's writing is brilliantly vivid, his style darkly humorous, in the mould of Flann O'Brien. A unique and compelling voice, he has already been described by Irvine Welsh as ‘the most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years’.

Books
© Rayo Verde Editorial, 2016

Beatlebone

Canongate, 2015

Translated into

Dutch, Catalan, Spanish

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City of Bohane

Vintage, 2012

Forty or so years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the North Rises, and the eerie bogs of the Big Nothin’ that the city really lives. For years it has all been under the control of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there’s trouble in the air. They say Hartnett’s old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight. Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane combines Celtic myth and a Caribbean beat, fado and film, graphic-novel cool and all the ripe inheritance of Irish literature to create something hilarious, beautiful, and startlingly new.

Translated into

Albanian, Catalan, German, Czech, Arabic

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© Moker Ontwerp, 2015

Dark Lies the Island

Jonathan Cape, 2012

Dark Lies the Island includes thirteen unpredictable stories about love and cruelty, crimes, desperation, and hope, all shot through with riotous humour, sympathy, and the dazzling language that mark Barry's writing. In the Sunday Times Short Story Award-winning "Beer Trip to Llandudno", a pack of middle-aged Liverpudlian ale fanatics seeking the perfect pint find more than they bargained for. "Ernestine and Kit" is the creepy story of a pair of sinister old ladies prowling the countryside for a child to make their own. And in "Fjord of Killary", first published in The New Yorker in 2010, a poet looking for inner calm buys an ancient inn on the west coast of Ireland, but finds instead rancorous locals and catastrophic floodwaters.

Barry's second collection of short stories was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Translated into

Albanian, Dutch

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Aitken Alexander Associates Ltd,
18-21 Cavaye Place
London SW10 9PT
United Kingdom

T: 0044 20 7373 8672
F: 0044 20 7373 6002
E: sally@aitkenalexander.co.uk
W: http://www.aitkenalexander.co.uk

There Are Little Kingdoms

The Stinging Fly Press, 2007

Fast girls cool their heels on a slow night in a small town. A bewildered man steps off a country bus in search of his identity. Lonesome hillwalkers take to the high reaches in search of a saving embrace. These are just three of the scenarios played out in Kevin Barry's wonderfully imagined and riotously entertaining first collection of short stories.

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Dutch

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