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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
  • 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
  • Heartbreakingly real characters dealing with everyday hurts and misunderstandings

    Orna Mulcahy, The Gloss
  • These are startling, adventurous and often wonderful stories. I loved this collection

    Roddy Doyle
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • This is a brilliant collection; formally audacious, darkly funny, utterly unique. Stephen Walsh's characters are so terrifyingly authentic I read through slotted fingers, mortified for them, and several times he had me on my feet. I loved this book

    Louise Kennedy
  • These stories are brilliantly bats, staggeringly compelling and ferociously funny. Stephen Walsh rips the concreteness of reality straight from us and reflects back a more wobbly version of our turbulent lives. Characters are lost, lonely, restless, confused, but always gagging to roll out the very best of havoc humanity can offer. Voice, style and structure are completely unique. If someone shoved George Saunders into a giant kaleidoscope, along with a few episodes of Black Mirror, popping candy and a mescal worm, and gave it a good twist they'd get Shine/Variance

    June Caldwell

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