Book Review

Hearts & Bones: A short and sweet debut collection brims with assured poise

Kilkenny-born author Niamh Mulvey’s new collection of short stories will resonate with any reader who grew up in 1980s and 1990s Ireland

Niamh Mulvey: her debut collection of short stories, Hearts & Bones reveal a skilful and economical story-telling

For many writers starting out in their careers, the short story is a classic calling card. Suitable for publication in literary journals and anthologies, short stories can offer a winning snapshot of style and act as a potent harbinger of future novels to come. Unfortunately, while writers might love the genre, it’s not quite as popular with readers. The common complaint is that you’re just getting into the story when – bang! – it’s finished, ...