Pure Gold

Pure Gold

Short stories

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'One of the most exciting writers working in Ireland today' Sally Rooney
'Dark, funny, honest and engrossing' Roddy Doyle
'Refreshing and ambitious' Lisa McInerny
'Full of stylish brio' Colin Barrett

Pure Gold heralds the arrival of a vibrant new literary voice

You had to scrap for love.

In this stunning debut story collection exploring betrayal and longing on an imagined island off the west coast of Ireland, John Patrick McHugh takes us deep into a community of individuals who are lost, yearning, and self-deceiving. We see two boys set fires while their worlds fall apart, follow a couple driving out to the hills in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, watch a widow seek a stranger's help to bury her grief, see a horse crash a house party. Whether falling in love or turning on one another the residents here are united by a quest for connection in the treacherous waters of small-town boredom.

In stories that are bitterly funny, profoundly moving and crackling with wild energy, McHugh casts a compassionate eye on masculinity, violence, and class, and embeds us in the fragile moments on which a life can twist and turn.

Book information

ISBN: 9780008490645
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: 4th Estate
Pub date:
Edition: Short stories
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 270g
Height: 222mm
Width: 141mm