Philip Ó Ceallaigh



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  • Pages: 233
  • ISBN: 978-1-906539-86-3
  • Published: May 2021

Philip Ó Ceallaigh is a wonderful writer who dares to stay loyal to the short-story form. In this superb collection, the people he writes about are beautifully observed and precisely ‘fixed’. Here is a master in full control of his material.

– John Banville


“Trouble is another stunning collection of stories from Philip Ó Ceallaigh, a writer who continues to amaze me with the intelligence and muscular elegance of his writing. There is a unique voice in evidence here, fusing Irish, American and Eastern European influences to make work in the highest tradition of the short story.”
—Lenny Abrahamson

Available now to pre-order. Official publication date is May 27th 2021.

Paperback pre-orders will be posted out by Monday May 24th.

The paperback edition is also available as part of our subscription offering. It can also be ordered from your local bookshop.

There are only 100 limited edition hardback copies. These will come with signed and numbered bookplates and can only be ordered here.

Fuelled by his piercing wit and unfaltering gaze, this new collection from Philip Ó Ceallaigh is both a meditation on human frailty and an unflinching interrogation of love—of its losses and gains, and the surprising ways that it delivers purpose and meaning to our lives.

Philip Ó Ceallaigh has published more than fifty stories, most of which are collected here and in his two previous collections, Notes from a Turkish Whorehouse and The Pleasant Light of Day. He is a recipient of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, among other awards. He lives in Bucharest.

“Philip Ó Ceallaigh is my favourite living writer of short stories, and Trouble is full of what makes his work stand apart: the vision at once insistently carnal and mysteriously spiritual; the singular tone, so bright and bracing and clear; the wit and vagrant cheerfulness that animate these tales of run-down men and fed-up women in decaying cities.”—Rob Doyle

“The thrum of danger from Philip Ó Ceallaigh’s new collection, in lines so tight and clean they might as well be strung to the page with machine heads, is exhilarating and perception altering.”—Gavin Corbett

“Ó Ceallaigh leads the reader into spaces that are at once dream-like and utterly real. These stories inhabit a dimension all their own.”—Danielle McLaughlin

“Taut, tough stories of singular people. I loved them.”—Wendy Erskine

Cover Design: Catherine Gaffney

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Paperback, Limited Edition Hardback