Bristol Prize

Paul O’Reilly Short Story Collection Published

August 28, 2015   Joe Melia

The Girl MissingPaul O’Reilly’s debut collection of short stories, The Girl Missing From the Window, has recently been published by Doire Press to great acclaim.

Hubert O’Hearn, writing in the San Diego Book Review, says:

“Ireland is truly blessed by its wealth of great short story writers who have been nurtured and encouraged by storytelling tradition with publishers willing to issue well-designed collections. When I write my annual Books of the Year column, I am going to have a wickedly difficult time choosing a Best of Short Stories winner. That is a pleasant, pleasant difficulty to have and The Girl Missing From the Window is not making it any easier.”

Colette Sheridan in the Irish Examiner says the collection, which was longlisted for this year’s Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, is “a promising debut from a writer who is attuned to the tawdriness  and the sadness that stalk his characters’ worlds.”

And Paddy Kehoe, selecting the book in his  top books for the summer on RTE TEN, says Paul “transcends topicality with style and mastery, as he delves deep into utterly convincing human stories.”

The book is available direct from the great Doire Press, here.

We hope Paul continues to have great success with the collection and his writing.


Paul was shortlisted for the 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize with his story, What’s Eating Him?, which was published in our 4th anthology.

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