Delving below Healy’s surface is rewarding and illuminating

Delving below Healy’s surface is rewarding  and illuminating
Dermot Healy: a writer’s writer Getty

Literary fiction; Dermot Healy: TheCollected Short Stories; Edited by Keith Hopper and Neil Murphy; Dalkey Archive Press, €15

When Dermot Healy died suddenly in June 2014, many of his obituaries mentioned that in his lifetime he was more appreciated by other writers than by the wider reading public. He left behind him a body of work that included four novels, five books of poetry, several stage plays and a memoir, (The Bend For Home). Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright and E Annie Proulx are among his best-known fans, but he was frequently...

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