Winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature Winner of the Guardian first book award Set for the most part in Glanbeigh, a small fictional town in County Mayo, the stories in Young Skins deftly explore the wayward lives and loves of young men and women. Published internationally and translated into several languages, Colin Barrett’s singular debut collection has been universally celebrated for its vigorous prose and ambitious storytelling.
‘One of the best books of the past decade’ – Colm Tóibín
‘This is a joyously fine collection, crackling with energy and verve, fit for the back pocket of anyone who loves a good story well told.’ – Jon McGregor
‘Young Skins knocked me on my ass. It’s moody, funny, vibrant and vivid. It’s beautifully compressed and unafraid to take a bruising or lyrical leap. Colin Barrett has, as they say, talent to burn…’ – Sam Lipsyte
About the Author:
Colin Barrett grew up in County Mayo. His work has been published in The Stinging Fly, Granta, and The New Yorker. In 2015 Colin was named a ‘5 Under 35’ by the National Book Foundation (USA), and in 2018 he was selected as the Rolex Arts Initiative Protégé in Literature. His second book of stories, Homesickness, has recently been published by Jonathan Cape.