Darkly moving and beautifully written, Bernie McGill's debut collection of short stories explores the lives of women across the generations. From the storm-battered coastline of the north of Ireland to the sleeping villas of Andalusia, McGill's characters grapple with the consequences of affairs, bereavement, alcoholism, illness and murder.
Compassionate and quietly powerful, McGill's stories capture intimate moments of loss, love and healing in a troubled age.
'If I could be any other kind of writer, I would want to be Bernie McGill' Ian Sansom
'A writer to watch out for' Sunday Tribune
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'Sleepwalkers' is included in Sleepwakers & Other Stories. It was first Prizewinner in the Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (US) December 2008.
'No Angel' is included in Sleepwalkers & Other Stories, is anthologised in The Best British Short Stories 2011, published April 2011 by Salt Publishing and edited by Nicholas Royle. It won second place in both the Michael McLaverty and the Seán O’Faóláin Short Story Competitions 2010, and is also published in Scandal and Other Stories available from the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.
'Home' is included in Sleepwalkers & Other Stories. It was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in October 2010 and published in The Winners of the Bridport Prize 2010.
'First Tooth' is included in Sleepwalkers & Other Stories. It was originally published, along with 'Service Interrupted' in My Story, Blackstaff Press/BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast, April 2006, edited by Pauline Currie.