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Colin Barrett

Ireland (b.1982)

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. In 2009 he completed his MA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin and was awarded the Penguin Ireland Prize. His work has been published in The Stinging Fly magazine and in the anthologies, Sharp Sticks, Driven Nails (Stinging Fly Press, 2010) and Town and Country (Faber and Faber, 2013).

Colin received bursaries from the Arts Council in 2011 and 2013.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
January 2024

Wild Houses
   Wild Houses (2024)
   Young Skins (2013)
   Homesickness (2022)
Novellas and Short Stories
   The waiting room (2016)
   Calm With Horses (2020)
Colin Barrett recommends
Lazy City (2023)
Rachel Connolly
"In the wry and compassionate Lazy City, Rachel Connolly deftly captures both the intoxicating chaos and listlessness of young adulthood, when life seems both full of possibility and impossibly elusive."
The Sea Elephants (2023)
Shastri Akella
"Akella's debut novel is a compelling, beautifully assured and intense coming-of-age story about the wounding ferocity and terrible innocence of desire, and the resilience and hard-won wisdom by which love comes to know itself."
The Late Americans (2023)
Brandon Taylor
"Tender and unflinching . . . written with bristling clarity, wicked wit and audacious assuredness. . . . A wonderful book."

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Anthologies containing stories by Colin Barrett
The Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2022 (2022)
Best Crime Stories of the Year Volume 2

(Best Mystery Stories of the Year, book 2)
edited by
Sara Paretsky and Otto Penzler

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