Dark stories that don’t let the reader relax

Mia Gallagher’s prose spans genres as well as decades: there is realism and surrealism, there are love stories, ghost stories and those stories which fit – poignantly, disturbingly – in-between

3rd June, 2018
Mia Gallagher: confidently veering between genres and styles Fergal Phillips

Short stories: Shift, By Mia Gallagher, New Island, €10.95

The author of 2007’s HellFire and 2016’s Beautiful Pictures of a Lost Homeland, Mia Gallagher has established herself as an experimental, highly inventive force in Irish fiction. Shift, a collection of short stories published over the last three decades, documents the evolution of this voice. A list printed at the back gives the publication dates of 12 of the 15 stories collected in this...

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