William Trevor: A final farewell to the master of the short story

William Trevor: A final farewell to the master of the short story
William Trevor pictured at his home in Exeter in 2010 Pic: Getty

Kevin Power reviews Last Stories, which includes six unseen short stories from a master of the art

Speaking to an interviewer recently, a prominent Irish novelist lamented the decline of William Trevor’s reputation. “Even informed people don’t know his best books,” he said. “Books like Mrs. Eckdorf at O’Neill’s Hotel, or The Boarding House. Those books are forgotten now. If people know Trevor’s work, they know The Ballroom of Romance – and that’s because of the TV adaptation.”

It may be that to the present generation of...

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