Discover Man Booker winner Anne Enright's first collection of short stories.
'Elegant, scrupulously poised, always intelligent and, not least, original' Angela Carter
The characters in Anne Enright's fierce and witty first collection of stories stand at an oblique angle to society. Full of desire, but out of kilter, their response to a dislocated reality is mutinous, wild, unforgettable.
'Quirky, subversive, original wit and an imaginative linguistic fluency' Irish Times
Witty and acerbic...unusual and elegant. She is a writer to watch
Introduces a new voice in Irish fiction...a quirky, subversive, original wit and an imaginative linguistic fluency which must be interpreted as the consolidation of a new literary maturity
In sentence after sentence as cool and clear-headed as the moment a migraine lifts, these pained, precise, disquieting stories restore to us the strangeness of the lives we follow beneath the surface of the lives we lead. The Portable Virgin is a remarkable debut
A great new Irish talent which we're bound to enjoy again. I can't wait
Pioneering novelists like Edna O'Brien and Anne Enright paved the way for a generation of female Irish writers who are now lighting up the fiction scene, says The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually author Helen Cullen.
The Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering reflects on a lifetime of reading, from Alice in Wonderland to what she learned from Toni Morrison.