Young Skins Making a remarkable entrance onto the Irish and UK literary scene with rave reviews in The Sunday Times and The Guardian Colin Barrett s Young Skins is a stunning introduction to a singular voice in

  • Title: Young Skins
  • Author: Colin Barrett
  • ISBN: 9780802123329
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • Making a remarkable entrance onto the Irish and UK literary scene with rave reviews in The Sunday Times and The Guardian, Colin Barrett s Young Skins is a stunning introduction to a singular voice in contemporary fiction.Enter the small, rural town of Glanbeigh, a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger, a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer anMaking a remarkable entrance onto the Irish and UK literary scene with rave reviews in The Sunday Times and The Guardian, Colin Barrett s Young Skins is a stunning introduction to a singular voice in contemporary fiction.Enter the small, rural town of Glanbeigh, a place whose fate took a downturn with the Celtic Tiger, a desolate spot where buffoonery and tension simmer and erupt, and booze sodden boredom fills the corners of every pub and nightclub Here, and in the towns beyond, the young live hard and wear the scars Amongst them, there s jilted Jimmy, whose best friend Tug is the terror of the town and Jimmy s sole company in his search for the missing Clancy kid Bat, a lovesick soul with a face like a bowl of mashed up spuds even before Nubbin Tansey s boot kicked it in and Arm, a young and desperate criminal whose destiny is shaped when he and his partner, Dympna, fail to carry out a job In each story, a local voice delineates the grittiness of Irish society unforgettable characters whose psychological complexities and unspoken yearnings are rendered through silence, humor, and violence.With power and originality akin to Wells Tower s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned and Claire Vaye Watkins Battleborn these six short stories and one explosive novella occupy the ghostly, melancholic spaces between boyhood and old age Told in Barrett s vibrant, distinctive prose, Young Skins is an accomplished and irreverent debut from a brilliant new writer.

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    1. Colin Barrett

      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.

    735 thoughts on “Young Skins”

    1. My town is nowhere you have been, but you know its ilk.3.5 stars, rounded up because it s not the author s fault that i have already read The Spinning Heart, which is the unfairly high standard i must now judge all irish post celtic tiger story collections againstese stories are all than competent on their own, but i kept again unfairly wanting them to bleed into each other, to connect, to have characters resurface in other stories in a significant way and that s one of those backhanded complim [...]


    2. This is another book I ve wanted to read for ages the time finally arrived Young Skins is a collection of short stories 6 stories and 1 novella a debut which won several impressive book awards including The Frank O Conner International Short Story Award and The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature Colin Barrett s stories, although each very different, have a running theme throughout failure is hiding in the shadows of these men and women who live in the small town of Glanbeigh a fictional town in I [...]


    3. An extraordinary debut of contemporary short stories by Irish author, Colin Barrett, winner of the Frank O Connor Irish Short Stories and the Rooney Prize Set in Glanbeigh, Ireland, his characters show the downtrodden side of Irish society Barrett s prose is sharp, vibrant, and moody Crass at times, but brilliant.What a very fine voice to enter the contemporary Irish literary world.Highly recommend.5 out of 5 stars


    4. 3.5 Quite a few good stories by this up and coming Irish writer Stuck in a Irish town with boarded up windows for store fronts and little or no job opportunity besides hanging, playing pool etch these young men and women spend endless days trying to outwit boredom and the nullifying effects of sameness Some hang on to long to past relationships and dreams, others kind of step in place, just going through motions, preserving, denying their bleak outlook What saves these scenarios are some cunning [...]


    5. A fabulous collection of stories just like with Welcome Thieves , there s a grittiness and rawness to the stories that pulls you ineven if you didn t like the people or what they did.Most of the stories were easy to get lost in, even the ones I didn t like as much in their own way.One story in particular Calm with Horses was good but it felt like a couple endings happened before the actual one happened A couple moments in that one seemed particularly tragic to me, in different ways despite every [...]


    6. I d rate this 4.5 stars.Gritty, sometimes bleak, but full of well developed characters and emotions, the stories in Colin Barrett s collection Young Skins are tremendously compelling and memorable.Set in the small Irish town of Glanbeigh, Barrett s stories evoke the weariness one feels when they have spent most of their life in one place, with the same people, following the same path they always have Sometimes his characters are down on their luck, sometimes their facing a major crossroads, and [...]


    7. Barrett presents six short stories and one novella about the residents of a small rural town in Ireland Here are sad, lonely and disappointed people whose lives didn t turn out quite like they d hoped There s not much to do but hang at the pub, looking for adventure, love or at least a temporary thrill.The stories are dark and happy endings rarer that a sunny day, yet an underlying comic tone keeps the mood from becoming too bleak.This is an excellent debut by a writer with a bright future.



    8. The stories have an elegantly terse style and there is much to be admired, but one cannot make a chamber orchestra by playing one, or at best two, instruments.Barrett is short of insight about life, particularly those outside his age group He dismisses the elderly, and women, with pejorative nicknames he relegates them to the shadows of his stories except for two Mad Sweeney types old men who still are only cameos He s got the bleak rural Irish town setting right but this volume does not depict [...]


    9. My town is nowhere you have been, but you know its ilk A roundabout off a national road, an industrial estate, a five screen Cineplex, a century of pubs packed inside the square mile of the town s limits The Atlantic is near the gnarled jawbone of the coastline with its gull infested promontories is near Summer evenings, and the manure scented pastures of the satellite parishes Zen bovines lift their heads to contemplate the V8 howls of the boy racers tearing through the back lanes This is the o [...]


    10. A good read for the authors first book of short stories The stories themselves are current, often humerous tales of life in rural communities in Ireland I could relate to some of the stories where on a Sunday evening, nothing else to be doing except driving around town with your friends, ending up in the local pub playing pool.His writing needs a bit of refinement or editing but definitely one to watch


    11. A really outstanding collection of short stories This is a new Irish writer and his first published collection but my goodnesshis writing is just awesome


    12. This short story collection, set in the fictional Mayo town of Glanbeigh, won the Guardian First Book Award in 2014, as well as two other major awards, so it was one that I was looking forward to reading.I have to admit that it wasn t really until the third story that I got into the collection, but from then on became invested in the narratives of the varying characters Glanbeigh is portrayed as a bleak place, a place where anyone successful in education leaves, and most of the characters portra [...]


    13. I ll admit that when I first started reading this book I let out a bit of a sigh, the language is too flamboyant was my first thought and I began to dread the rest of the book I was fairly delighted when the stories themselves turned it around for me.There is a menacing tone reverberating throughout the stories as they unfold the lives of those trapped in the average and isolated Irish town As far fetch as some of the characters are, some even psychotic, it is still an accurate depiction.I think [...]


    14. Opening lines I left the city with my connections scorched and my prospects blown, looking only for somewhere to batten down for the winter to come I left in a bright morning in August, dozing fitfully as the train drifted through the purgatorial horizons of the midlands heading west You may read online at The Guardian.


    15. This author s got talent, and grit, and a feel for characterization and form and usually natural dialogue and all the other things that go into crafting a solid short story But the fact is that no story in this collection is especially memorable Overhyped.


    16. Full of Irish culture, these fantastic short stories are all completely different and very imaginative Some of them are very profound, yet the book never stoops to pretentiousness.


    17. I wanted to read something serious and true to life I saw this book on LitHub and decided to give it a go This group of short stories was just that, serious and real The problem was that like real life it was a bit boring I had to push myself through the long story in the middle and it was one of the better one I also wish there had been of an interconnection between stories This was a well written, but so so read for me.


    18. My God, these stories are dispiriting Maybe they hit a little bit too close to home for me Like these characters I come from a small village in the west of Ireland so I recognise some of the sense of hopelessness, disillusionment and despair described in these pages That s also my one major criticism Barrett focuses exclusively on the no hopers, the deadbeats people who live their whole blinkered life in the same place But rural Ireland is not entirely the relentlessly bleak picture he paints Be [...]


    19. I saw heard Colin Barrett read his work at last year s Charleston Festival and was impressed, particularly since he had to compete with a herd of cows mooing outside I enjoyed these stories but they are pretty bleak and present his characters lives in a grimly humorous and often disturbing way I was reminded slightly of some of Ian McKewen s early stories which have a similar edge of nastiness to them I do feel I d like to read something a little uplifting next I agree with another reviewer who [...]


    20. Splendid Raw, bleak, kitchen sink and very much of our times This is the recessionary landscape that very few write about Funnily enough, the other writer who does stand out in my memory as writing about it is also Irish and small town Donal Ryan and the UK s finest answer, Jon McGregor, is on the blurb of this one What a setting There s the familiar sense of the badlands and below the surface violence throughout booze, violence, petty crime and incest I don t think anyone serves this up as well [...]


    21. So I d really give this 3.5 stars On one hand, you have stories depicting the lower class of small town Ireland, that feel similar to Andrea Arnold s films focus on poverty stricken communities in England or the US The specificity and and humanity given to these characters is always welcome On the other hand, this is a very typical masculine male focused, to the expense of female characters, kind of a collection The women in these stories are nags, sluts, or objects of lust with only a few glimp [...]


    22. One of best collections of short stories to come out of Ireland in a decade or Striking in terns style, language, voice and vision The stories capture the hunger of the human soul while the writing delivers for the most part in what is a gutsy debut Deservedly the winner of Frank O Connor Award for 2014.


    23. another brilliant book in the recent trend of Irish lit, where writers look at the various underbellies of Irish life It is vivid, visceral, at times surreal but always anchored in true Irish experience I found the stories evoked so many memories of things that are particular to Irish culture, the turn of phrase, everything My favourite stories were Stand Your Skin and Calm with Horses,



    24. Young Skins is the debut collection of short stories from young Mayo man, Colin BarrettAt 32, Barratt is young, but no novice, his work having previously been published in notable magazines and anthologies The collection centres on the lives of various characters in the fictional town of Glanbeigh, Co Mayo Characters who display varying degrees of loneliness, addiction, power, sexual confidence and violence Readers of Kevin Barry s two short story collections, There are Little Kingdoms and Dark [...]


    25. I received an ARC of his book from Grove Publishing through Edelweiss.This collection of stories is a bold glimpse into the daily struggles of young people trying to carve out some type of existence in their small Irish town The rural Irish town of Glanbeigh is short on opportunities but has plenty of pubs and nightclubs in which the local population can get into lots of trouble The opening lines of the collection perfectly capture the setting and the mood of each story My town is nowhere you ha [...]


    26. Young Skins, Colin Barrett s debut collection of short stories, is full of people desperate to make it to make it work, to make it out, to make it up And the characters that populate these stories minor and major, villainous and noble are so fully drawn that it s hard to believe they are works of fiction, that they aren t actual people with whom Barrett has long been intimately acquainted though considering how dark these stories are, perhaps it s a good thing they re fictional And through the p [...]


    27. This is a quite the breath of air that I ve been waiting for, after last reading Irvine Welsh s Trainspotting Barrett seems to have his finger on the pulse of everyday adventure with bored teenagers and youths, and their outlook on life, which permeates this book, a collection of short stories from the northern part of Great Britain.My town is nowhere you have been, but you know its ilk A roundabout off a national road, an industrial estate, a five screen Cineplex, a century of pubs packed insid [...]


    28. Wow Are there any Irish writers out there who aren t expert wielders of clever, aching lyricism I hope I never find them Barrett s writing is as lyrical as all of the blurbs on the cover promised But I was a jerk in the fact that initially I kept comparing the stories to those of Barrett s compatriot, Kevin Barry, who can, just in a few sentences, evoke the shit out of a scene frustrations built up, hurts experienced, whole lives lived, basically But I couldn t help it the first few stories here [...]


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