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Full title: Walk the blue fields [short stories]

Creator / Author: Claire Keegan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 183p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber and Faber Limited / 3 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AU United Kingdom.

About: This is the author’s second collection of short stories and one that has received outstanding critical acclaim, including being chosen as the winner of the Edge Hill Prize for the Short Story 2008. The judges commented: “Her mastery of language and her full-blooded and flowing narratives impress on the reader a certain bleak and tender vision, which has much in common with that of the great Irish writer John McGahern. Yet it is distinctive, personal and modern. Her stories stand at the strong point where myth and reality intersect.”

The availability of certain stories and the order in which they appear differ depending on the edition.

ID number(s):  9780571233069 / 9780571233076 / 9780802170491

Contents: The long and painful death – The parting gift — Walk the blue fields — Dark horses — The forester’s daughter – Close to the water’s edge — Surrender — Night of the quicken trees.

WW Connection #1: The author was born and raised in the border area of Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: A review from the Dublin Review of Books

Extra #4: These stories have also been published in the USA and translated into several languages.

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