The End Of The World Is A Cul De Sac


‘A remarkable collection of short stories’ Nick Laird

‘These stories sing, haunt and inspire laughter … One of the best collections I’ve read in years’ Sinead Gleeson‘Darkly funny, beautifully crafted, intense … Outstanding’ Kevin Barry

The secrets people kept, the lies they told.

In these visceral, stunningly crafted stories, people are effortlessly cruel to one another, and the natural world is a primitive salve. Here, women are domestically trapped by predatorial men, Ireland’s folklore and politics loom large, and poverty – material, emotional, sexual – seeps through every crack.

A wife is abandoned by her new husband in a ghost estate, with blood on her hands; a young woman is tormented by visions of the man murdered by her brother during the Troubles; a pregnant mother fears the worst as her husband grows illegal cannabis with the help of a vulnerable teenage girl; a woman struggles to forgive herself after an abortion threatens to destroy her marriage.

Announcing a major new voice in literary fiction for the twenty-first century, these sharp shocks of stories offer flashes of beauty, and even humour, amidst the harshest of truths.


“I love Kennedy’s vividly conjured reality. Her prose is so alive, I am surprised that the book stays shut when you close it. These stories breathe, talk, kick-up: they have a pulse” –  Anne Enright,“Louise Kennedy’s collection will stop you in your tracks . . . Profound, beautiful and essential” –  Liz Nugent,“These stories are devastating, deadly funny, hauntingly recognisable, wise, brutal, lucent and gloriously refreshing. Kennedy has brought an army of complex, contradictory, haywire women into Irish literature. Prepare to be wrecked.” –  Caoilinn Hughes

“A hugely impressive and memorable collection. I adored these downbeat, stirring, disconcerting, punchy, touching, believable short stories, so skilfully and beautifully executed” –  Joseph O’Connor,

“What a collection of stories! One of the best I’ve ever read: funny and searing and true” –  Sarah Crossan,

“Louise Kennedy is a wonderful writer: her characterization is compelling, her style a stimulating mix of the plainspoken and luminous, and her sense of place assured. In The End of the World is a Cul-De-Sac, she has produced a remarkable collection of short stories.” –  Nick Laird,

“Darkly funny, beautifully crafted, intense – this is an outstanding first collection from a natural story writer” –  Kevin Barry,

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ISBN: 9781526623287