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Universal Acclaim for Danielle McLaughlin’s debut collection

January 29, 2016   Joe Melia

Danielle McLaughlinMany congratulations to Danielle McLaughlin, whose debut collection of short stories, Dinosaurs on DinosaursOther Planets (John Murray), was published earlier this month in the UK and has been receiving widespread acclaim, just as it did when it was first published in Ireland by The Stinging Fly last year.

Here are some of the great reviews Danielle has received:

“This is not a debut in the usual sense; a promise of greater things to come. There is no need to ask what Danielle McLaughlin will do next, she has done it already. This book has arrived. I think it will stay with us for a long time” – Anne Enright

“near-faultless debut…..a quietly dazzling collection” – Catherine Taylor in the Guardian

“captivating and stirring debut collection… intelligent and beautiful prose” – Sarah Gilmartin in The Irish Times

“Probably amongst the best collections – if not the best collection – we’re destined to read all year. Buy multiple copies, get them signed” – Valerie O’Riordan at Bookmunch

“This is a remarkable first collection from a distinctive and extremely gifted writer on the brink of major recognition” – Billy O’Callaghan in the Irish Examiner

Dinosaurs on Other Planets will cause waves, and lingers in the memory long after finishing reading” – Laura Kenright in Wales Arts Review

Dinosaurs on Other Planets is full of such arresting, resonant and precise writing . . . It makes the world feel ancient and alien, familiar and new” – Matthew Adams in the Financial Times

The U.S. edition of Dinosaurs on Other Planets will be published by Random House in August this year, so expect to see more recognition of Danielle’s great writing.

We wish Danielle continued success with the book and look forward to her next publication.


Danielle’s short story, Last Days of the Unicorn, was published in our Volume 5 anthology in 2012 and her story, Beached, was published in our Volume 7 anthology in 2014.




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