The Hill Bachelors by William Trevor

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A brilliant new short story collection from the bestselling author of Felicia's Journey and Death in Summer

William Trevor has long been hailed as the master of the short story. His new collection, The Hill Bachelors, is an elegant, heartbreaking book about men and women and their missed opportunities. Here we meet three people in a small suburban house whose lives are frozen in a conspiracy of silence that precludes love's consummation: a nine-year-old who harbors a dream that a movie part will win her the greatest trophy of all--an end to her fragmented family life; a brother and sister who must forge a new life amid the terrible beauty of Ireland after the rebellion; and in the title story, a young man who must choose between a life with his longtime love and a life of solitude--wedded only to the family farm.

Much like his bestselling collection, After Rain, these twelve beautifully rendered tales once again prove Trevor's unrivaled sympathy for the human condition.

"There is no better short story writer in the English-speaking world."--The Wall Street Journal

"With his exquisite control of language and unsparing vision, Trevor serves up the pain of ordinary life with such precision that it feels like a physical ache to comprehend it." --The Boston Sunday Globe

 

About William Trevor

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William Trevor was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland on May 24, 1928. He received a degree in History from Trinity College in 1950. Before becoming a full-time author in 1965, he worked as a sculptor, a teacher, and a copywriter at an advertising agency. Trevor exhibited his sculpture in Dublin and England and was joint winner of the International Year of the Political Prisoner art competition in 1952. He wrote his first novel, A Standard of Behaviour, in 1958. His novels include The Old Boys, which won the Hawthornden Prize in 1964; The Children of Dynmouth, which won the Whitbread Award in 1976; Fools of Fortune, which won the Whitbread Award in 1983; The Silence in the Garden, which won the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award; and Felicia's Journey, which won both the Whitbread Book of the Year and the Sunday Express Book of the Year awards. He is the editor of The Oxford Book of Short Stories and has written plays for the stage and for radio and television. His short story collection The Hill Bachelors received the 2001 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award for Short Stories. His other short story collections include The Day We Got Drunk on Cake and Other Stories (1967); The Ballroom of Romance and Other Stories (1972); Beyond the Pale (1981); A Bit On the Side (2004); and Cheating at Canasta (2007). In 1976, he received the Allied Irish Banks' Prize and in 1977 he was awarded an honorary CBE in recognition of his services to literature. In 1992 he received The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence and in 1999 the David Cohen British Literature Prize. He was awarded the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in Irish Literature in 2008.
 
Published November 1, 2002 by Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction

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And the marvelous title story depicts the passive resignation of a rural family’s youngest son, who renounces his chances for happiness, returning to serve his widowed mother’s needs, knowing that “the hills had waited for him, claiming one of their own.” Here and there the fabric shows signs of...

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With the recent death of V.S. Pritchett, Trevor is arguably the best short story writer working in the English language, and these stories are up to his own highest standards. Trevor simply knows so m

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Near the beginning of the first story in William Trevor's most recent collection of stories, A Bit on the Side, is a detail that epitomises the writer's way with small facts and observations.

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It is almost a signature of William Trevor, the shift of focus.

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The Hill Bachelors William Trevor 256pp, Viking £15.99 Buy it at BOL In his complete control of the short-story form, William Trevor follows in the tradition of Chekhov, but his material often swerves towards Dostoevskian lower depths: murder, paedophilia and terrorism, as well as ...

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The man, for a laugh, sends an elderly woman he doesn't know up into her attic to check her water tank, having warned her of floods.

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How short does a short story have to be?

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Publishers Weekly

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Pritchett, Trevor is arguably the best short story writer working in the English language, and these stories are up to his own highest standards.

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Entertainment Weekly

The author captures his mostly Irish characters as they pass from place to place, like the monk journeying to an abandoned childhood home in ''The Virgin's Gift.'' The rest of Trevor's people lead lives full of silence and sorrow, among them the girl who hopes her small part in a movie will ...

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Austin Chronicle

There's an echoing sadness in missed opportunities, and William Trevor captures every nuance of it in The Hill Bachelors, his latest collection of short stories.

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