In a story collection spanning three decades Brian Leyden is a master at evoking time and place and people with a voice that is consistently wise, observant and wonderfully entertaining. Every one of these New & Selected Stories feels like a homecoming.
Summer of ’63 is a fast-paced and beautifully realised novel. The evocation of 1960s Ireland at the time of US President John F. Kennedy’s historic visit is quite brilliant. “A real treat of a book,” says writer Frank Golden, “liable to be gulped down in one sitting.”
The Home Place is a profoundly moving story of Irish Life seen afresh where the intimate and the familiar are made unforgettable. This hugely evocative memoir will be a treasure for generations to come. In the words of the writer Carlo Gebler, “It tells so much, and what it tells is so rich.”