'One of the most able and sympathetic of short-story writers . the triumph of his stories is their perfect sense of occasion, the sufficiency of what he has chosen to say . His material shows consistent tenderness, humour and emotional range.' new statesman. 'Today no writer perceives the Irish as subtly: he is as needlingly accurate about provincial life as Joyce was about Dublin.'GUARDIAN' - Frank O'Connor has long been recognised as one of the greatest short-story writers of this century.' time and tide.