SB Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize 2016: First Runner Up

The alluring wisp of a woman’s perfume captivates a lonely holidaymaker in this short story by Helen de Burca, first runner-up

24th April, 2016
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Helen de Burca, first runner-up in the The Sunday Business Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize 2016Picture: Feargal Ward

The Scent by Helen de Burca

One of the things he liked to do when on holidays was to make his way as far as possible into the day without wearing his glasses. This was how he signalled to himself that he could relax and forget about emails and documents and reports. Upon awakening, he would open his eyes slowly, allowing the wash of colours to drift toward his brain, imagining that the...

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