My Coney Island Baby shortlisted for the 2020 Encore Award

My Coney Island Baby has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s 2020 Encore Award, for the best second novel of the year. Five novels have been shortlisted, and the winner will be announced on Thursday 25th June 2020.

U.S. Release of The Boatman

To celebrate the U.S. release of Billy’s latest collection, The Boatman and Other Stories, listen to him read the title story of the collection.

The Boatman and Other Stories

“A master of the short story.”
John Banville, Irish Times Books of the Year

The Boatman and Other Stories is Billy’s latest short story collection.

“In these twelve quietly dazzling, carefully crafted stories, Billy O’Callaghan explores the resilience of the human heart and its ability to keep beating even in the wake of grief, trauma and lost love.

Spanning a century and two continents – from the muddy fields of Ireland to a hotel room in Paris, a dingy bar in Segovia to an aeroplane bound for Taipei – The Boatman follows an unforgettable cast of characters. Three gunshots on the Irish border define the course of a young man’s life; a writer clings fast to a star-crossed affair with a woman who has never been fully in his reach; a fisherman accustomed to hard labour rolls up his sleeves to dig a grave for his child; a pair of newly-weds embark on their first adventure, living wild on the deserted Beginish Island.

Ranging from the elegiac to the brutally confrontational, these densely layered tales reveal the quiet heroism and gentle dignity of ordinary life. O’Callaghan is a master celebrant of the smallness of the human flame against the dark: its strength, and its steady brightness.”

The Boatman and Other Stories was published by Jonathan Cape on the 9th January 2020, and is available in the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth from AmazonHive, The Book Depository and Waterstones.

In the US, it was published by Harper Collins on the 28th April 2020, and is available from Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, HarperCollins, IndieBound and The Book Depository.

My Coney Island Baby

Billy’s new novel, My Coney Island Baby, will be published by Jonathan Cape in the UK, as well as Harper Collins (USA), Grasset (France), Jelenkor (Hungary), Ediciones Salamandra (Spain), L’Altra Editorial (Catalonia), Ambo Anthos (Netherlands), Paseka (Czech Republic), btb Verlag (Germany) and Guanda (Italy).

My Coney Island Baby is was released by Jonathan Cape in January 2019, and is available in the UK, Ireland and the Commonwealth from AmazonHive, The Book Depository and Waterstones.

In the US, it was published by Harper Collins in April 2019, and is available from Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, HarperCollins, IndieBound and The Book Depository.

Now in Chinese

The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind – ORDER HERE

Ploughshares Solos 6.4

Billy O’Callaghan’s short story, A Death In The Family, has been released as a Ploughshares Solo.

Nellie’s brother Jimmy passed away when she was only nine years old. As she reflects on the accident that claimed his life, she must acknowledge her own mortality and the empty space that death leaves behind.

The story can be obtained as a digital download from Ploughshares, or on Amazon.com/Amazon.co.uk.

 

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