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Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett


Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett with cover art by Alice Maher

Claire-Louise Bennett’s first collection of stories Pond comes in the wake of her 2013 win of the White Review Short Story Prize and is highly recommended by the staff of Charlie Byrne’s.


Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

How much should you let in, and how much should you give away? feverish and forthright, Pond is an absorbing chronicle of the pitfalls and pleasures of a solitudinous life told by an unnamed woman living on the cusp of a coastal town. Broken bowls, belligerent cows, swanky aubergines, trembling moonrises and horrifying sunsets, the physical world depicted in these stories is unsettling yet intimately familiar and soon takes on a life of its own. Captivated by the stellar charms of seclusion but restless with desire, the woman’s relationship with her surroundings becomes boundless and increasingly bewildering.

Clare-Louise Bennett’s startlingly original first collection slips effortlessly between worlds and is by turns darkly funny and deeply moving.

Not only do we have copies of Claire-Louise Bennett’s debut for €13, we are also fortunate enough to have some limited edition signed hardback copies with cover art illustrated by visual artist Alice Maher for €18 which was launched at Cúirt last Saturday. These limited edition copies are selling fast, so make sure you call into the shop to grab a copy, or simply contact us to reserve yours now!

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