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The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland

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The Glass Shore, compiled by award-winning editor, broadcaster and critic Sinéad Gleeson, provides an intimate and illuminating insight into a previously underappreciated literary canon.

Twenty-five female luminaries — whose lives and works cover three centuries — capture experiences that are both vivid and varied, despite their shared geographical heritage. Unavoidably aff
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Hardcover, 378 pages
Published 2016 by New Island Books
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Eric Anderson
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Over my winter holiday last year I read the anthology “The Long Gaze Back” and was enraptured by the quality of writing included. This book helped me discover writers such as Lisa McInerney, Maeve Brennan, Anakana Schofield and Lucy Caldwell whose books I’ve gone on to read and enjoy over the course of this year. But, as well as being a group of engaging stories in themselves, this anthology served as a self conscious attempt to give a necessary platform to Irish women writers in a canon dominat ...more
Grace Tierney
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I bought this book for my mother (in her 80s) as she's from Northern Ireland. She told me she didn't enjoy most of the stories but urged me to try it. Sorry to say I agree. Many of the older stories had aged badly, others were overly literary for my taste. I enjoyed one where a woman finds her grandmother haunting her after she leaves Belfast and the Lucy Caldwell abortion story was well written (but pushing an agenda which I dislike in fiction). I wanted to enjoy this book, but I didn't. I do e ...more
Carol Waters
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought this book in Belfast a few years ago but never seemed to get started with it.

This collection of short stories written by female writers of Northern Ireland spanned 250 years. That effort to include some much older works is the reason I couldn’t give that fifth star, because some of the oldest stories just didn’t hold up. Loved loved loved “Settling” and added several writers to the must read more” list.
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