Cutting the Night in Two

An important anthology which brings together thirty four short stories by Irish women writers. Some of them are well known, others less widely read. The collection is a powerful voice here made accessible in a compact and representative format; it is also key reading for students of literature, of Irish Studies and Women’ Studies.

Reviews of Cutting the Night in Two

“The short stories in this collection are a delight… a book that will never leave my shelf” –Irish Tatler

“Cutting the Night in Two – the title itself a marvelous evocation… I can only say that there wasn’t one story I did not draw something from and some of them remain with me still. Edna O’Brien’s cutting and astute observations on the class system in The Journey provides a reminder that the greats are great for a reason.”- Suzanne Power, Irish Tatler

“Whether on the beach or at home, these stories will bring you on a journey, tuning you into the ‘communal unconscious’…” Sylvia Thompon, The Irish Times

‘Thirty four writers spanning the twentieth century line up in this sparkling anthology … This is a simply stunning collection.  It is one to keep, re-read and savour.” Books Ireland

“At their best the stories are irresistible – Mary Lavin’s superb, bittersweet Lilacs, Eilis Ni Dhuibne’s evocative, elegiac Summer Pudding, and Clare Boylan’s hilarious The Stolen Child …” Arminta Wallace, The Irish Times

“…various and mood-different… for choice of writer, setting, period, this collection is comprehensive.” RTÉ Guide

“There are some gems here… Anne Enright, Mary Morrissy and co-editor Evelyn Conlon shine. ” Justine McCarthy, Irish Independent

“An accomplished compilation… rounded and substantial… Blanaid McKinney’s Please [is] a most heart-wrenchingly tragic and tense piece of writing. It is worth buying this book for that story alone, never mind the rest of this collection of entertaining and highly enjoyable short stories.” Vanessa Berman, The Sunday Business Post

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