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Head of Zeus
The Art of the Glimpse edited by Sinead Gleeson

An anthology of the very best Irish short stories, selected by Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations.

There have been many anthologies of the short story as it developed in Ireland, but never a collection like this.

The Art of the Glimpse is a radical revision of the canon of the Irish story, emphasising neglected writers, marginalised female voices, gay writing and the first wave of new Irish writers from Africa and around the world. Sinéad Gleeson brings together stories ranging from the sublime to the downright bizarre, from classics to the new wave of young writers, and from well known names to previously unpublished talent.

The stories paint a tremendous spectrum of experience: the story of a prank come good by Bram Stoker; Sally Rooney on the love languages of the new generation; Donal Ryan on the pains of ageing; Elske Rahill on the lives we see from the top deck of the bus; James Joyce on losing a loved one; and the internal monologue of a coma sufferer by Marian Keyes.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Anthologies
01 Oct 2020 * 800pp * £7.99 * 9781788548793

'Outstanding ... Wide-ranging, intimate and expressive ... It's clear that Gleeson's insight is hard-won, and that, like the women who inspire her, she has found a way to transmute her experience into something powerful that demands to be heard' Observer.

'Utterly magnificent. Raw, thought-provoking and galvanising; this is a book every woman should read' Eimear McBride.

'Moving, insightful, beautiful essays about health, art, gender, parenthood, bereavement, the body and her own struggles' Irish Times.

Sinead Gleeson

Sinead Gleeson
Sinéad Gleeson's debut collection, Constellations: Reflections from Life was published by Picador in 2019, and won Best Non-Fiction category at 2019 Irish Book Awards. She has edited the award-winning anthologies The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers and The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland.