Blank Pages and Other Stories: Meditations on loss, grief and death from a creator of entire worlds

With his latest collection, Bernard MacLaverty proves once again that he is a master of the short story form

Bernard MacLaverty: an amazing ability to create entire worlds in full technicolour. Picture: Robert Burns


Blank Pages and Other Stories

By Bernard MacLaverty

Jonathan Cape, €14.99

“A short story is a love affair,” the American writer Lorrie Moore once said. “A novel is a marriage.”

Bernard MacLaverty, born in Belfast and now living in Glasgow, is a master of both. His 1997 novel Grace Notes was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, while Midwinter Break won the Bord Gáis Energy Novel of the Year award in 2017. He’s also written ...