Reviews

  • "A master of the short story."

    John Banville, Irish Times *Books of the Year*
  • "Wonderful storiesA masterclass... The reader is lulled into a false sense of ordinariness that gives way — sometimes gradually, sometimes abruptly — to a moment of cataclysm…that leaves the reader reelingThere is no denying the power of his wordsO’Callaghan’s stories are beautiful, plain and simple, and each one is devastatingly good."

    Kathleen MacMahon, Sunday Times
  • "Billy O'Callaghan writes beautifully... In evoking atmosphere, such a key element in the short story, he is matchless... His prose is a feast after a famine... The luxuriance of the language, the agility of the sentences, and the depth of the reflections. These stories are like classical sonatas... The writing is invariably delightful."

    Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Irish Times
  • "[Billy O’Callaghan] makes epics out of the unspoken, the barely said, the half-hinted at, the wordless nod… This is O'Callaghan's quest, to reveal who his characters really are, especially when they're burdened with life's cruelties. And in chronicling the bravery sometimes required in simply putting one foot in front of the other, he makes heroes of the humblest of us."

    Anne Cunningham, Sunday Independent
  • "O'Callaghan is...a wellspring of great story ideas, and this imagination is writ large across The Boatman & Other Stories... O'Callaghan's sense of place is vivid and impressive... John Banville, Edna O'Brien and John Boyne are all effusive in their praise for O'Callaghan's muscular, quietly assured writing."

    Tanya Sweeney, Irish Independent
  • "Allow this collection of short stories to sweep you awayEach poignant story in this collection grips you… What better way to devastate the reader than to show just how happy people can be?"

    Irish Country Magazine
  • "From the very talented Billy O'Callaghan... elegiac, carefully conceived tales of ordinary lives."

    Donal O'Donoghue, RTE Guide
  • "From heartbreak to love, we see relationships unfold with honesty. O’Callaghan paints wonderful pictures and brings the reader into the moment with him."

    Amy Finnerty, RTÉ Ireland