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  • Great, beautiful little studies of unspoken fear and longing and love, told with a sure-footed delicacy rare in a debut. Walsh is playful and often funny... Walsh's voices are small but strong, his triumphs and tragedies no less haunting for their intimate scale

    Sarah Moss, Irish Times
  • These are startling, adventurous and often wonderful stories. I loved this collection

    Roddy Doyle
  • Immensely readable... the collection's sharpness, poetics and wit make for an immensely pleasurable read... [Walsh] looks to be a writer of great promise

    Niamh Donnelly, Irish Independent
  • Stephen Walsh writes of the complexities of family life with insight and humour. The most powerful new collection I've read in some years

    John Boyne
  • Hugely original... I loved these zany, thought provoking stories and felt empathy with most of the protagonists

    Sue Leonard, Irish Examiner
  • An exciting, original, and very welcome new voice. Stephen Walsh draws unexpected beauty from the familiar, the tragic, the darkly comic situations any of us could find ourselves in, composing perfect little symphonies from the haphazard chords of existence. He is a witty, insightful and very skilled writer, and the voices in this collection sing from the page

    Donal Ryan
  • Each of the stories packs a particular emotional punch but this is punctuated by humour... Shine/Variance is a hugely accomplished debut from a writer who sees beauty, struggle, and redemption in the everyday

    Paul Ring, Irish Examiner
  • Heartbreakingly real characters dealing with everyday hurts and misunderstandings

    Orna Mulcahy, The Gloss
  • Stephen Walsh's first collection is full of assured originality and freshness - a new writer much to be welcomed

    Bernard MacLaverty
  • Stephen Walsh's writing is at once original, sharp and funny. The richness of his insight and storytelling fits wonderfully into the breadth and depth of Irish writing today

    Anne Griffin, author of When All Is Said

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