New fiction sees Trevor’s edge remain unblunted

CHEATING AT CANASTA. By William Trevor, Penguin, €23.

21st July, 2007

CHEATING AT CANASTA. By William Trevor, Penguin, €23.

T here are two types of writers: those who produce a book every decade amid hype and fanfare, and those who quietly and consistently get on with the business of writing, often receiving less attention for that fact.

Jennifer Johnston is a classic example of the latter, producing taut novels laced with darkness every three years, which often do not get the praise they deserve simply because...

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