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The House on Parkgate Street and Other Dublin Stories

The House on Parkgate Street and Other Dublin Stories


by Christine Dwyer Hickey

From the author of such critically acclaimed novels as Tatty and The Last Train to Liguria comes a sharply observed collection of short stories.

B-format hardback | 192pp | ISBN 9781848402904 | Release Date: November 2013

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A child wandering alone through a racecourse; an elderly lady grasping at a thread of memory; a young girl watching prostitutes from her window as they ply their trade; an Indian taxi driver living in his cab: these are some of the fractured lives and fragile hearts we meet in The House on Parkgate Street and Other Dublin Stories. Set in various eras, at various times of life, each story is a unique and perfectly carved gem embedded in the city of Dublin. With her customary wit and empathy, Christine Dwyer Hickey brings us an intimate portrayal of the city and some of its people in these beautifully observed stories, collected here for the first time.


Dwyer Hickey’s accomplished collection can sit comfortably on the short-story shelf next to your man’s Dubliners, her fistful of stories as fine as you’ll come across this, or most any, year.
— The Irish Times
throughout the book there’s the constant presence of the city itself, so vividly realised as to seem complicit in the disillusionments and destinies of its questioning and often querulous denizens. So vivid, indeed, that you can almost smell the streets, side roads, back lanes, pub doorways and faded houses.
— Irish Independent
These are stories to savour.
— Irish Examiner