William Trevor

William Trevor was an Irish novelist, playwright, and short story writer. Renowned for his literary craftsmanship, he was considered one of the greatest contemporary writers of short stories in the English language.


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  1. 1. William Trevor: The Collected Stories

    This collection brings together numerous short stories from a renowned author, demonstrating his masterful storytelling ability. The stories span a variety of themes and settings, often focusing on the complexities of human relationships and the subtle nuances of everyday life. The author's keen eye for detail and ability to capture the human condition in his works have earned him a place among the greatest short story writers.

    The 1293rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Fools of Fortune

    "Fools of Fortune" is a tragic tale that follows the lives of the Quinton family, an Anglo-Irish family living in Ireland, during the early 20th century. The family's fortune takes a turn for the worse after a devastating fire, believed to be an act of revenge by Irish nationalists, claims the lives of several family members. The surviving members are left to grapple with their loss, guilt, and the political turmoil of their time, leading to a cycle of self-destruction and a desperate search for redemption.

    The 5677th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Selected Stories

    "Selected Stories" is a collection of short stories by acclaimed author William Trevor. The book features some of Trevor's most memorable and haunting tales, exploring themes of love, loss, and the complexities of human relationships. With his signature style of understated elegance and quiet, observant prose, Trevor creates characters that are both ordinary and extraordinary, capturing the subtle nuances of their lives and the emotions that drive them. From the Irish countryside to London's bustling streets, these stories offer a glimpse into the human experience and the ways in which we navigate the world around us.

    The 5842nd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Death In Summer

    This novel delves into the life of a widower grappling with the sudden loss of his wife in an accident, leaving him to care for their infant daughter alone. Amidst his grief, he encounters a series of potential nannies, each bringing their own complexities and the past into his meticulously ordered world. The narrative weaves through themes of loneliness, the search for connection, and the shadows cast by past actions, as the protagonist navigates the challenges of new fatherhood and the intrusion of an obsessed stranger. Set against a backdrop of everyday English life, the story unfolds with subtlety and depth, exploring the nuances of human relationships and the quiet moments that define and disrupt our lives.

    The 6440th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Felicia's Journey

    "Felicia's Journey" is a psychological thriller about a young, pregnant Irish girl who travels to England in search of her boyfriend, only to be taken in by a middle-aged man with a dark past. As the story unfolds, the man's sinister intentions become increasingly apparent, creating a suspenseful tale of manipulation and deception. The novel explores themes of loneliness, innocence, and the capacity for evil, offering a chilling exploration of human nature.

    The 6556th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Reading Turgenev

    The novella presents the poignant tale of a young Irish woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who finds solace and escape in her imagination and the literature of Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev. Her life, constrained by the expectations of her small rural community and a loveless union with an older man, contrasts sharply with the passionate world she encounters in the novels she cherishes. As she retreats further into her fantasies and the comfort of her secret attic space, the lines between reality and fiction blur, offering both a refuge and a haunting reminder of the life she yearns for but cannot openly pursue.

    The 6987th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Two Lives

    "Two Lives" consists of two novellas that delve into the themes of love, loneliness, and personal pasts. The first story, "Reading Turgenev," follows Mary Louise Dallon, a young Irish woman trapped in a loveless marriage, who finds solace in the imaginary world inspired by Russian literature. The second, "My House in Umbria," tells the tale of Mrs. Delahunty, a romance novelist who, after surviving a terrorist attack, opens her Italian villa to her fellow survivors, creating an unconventional makeshift family. Both stories explore the characters' attempts to escape their mundane realities through the power of imagination and storytelling.

    The 8225th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. After Rain

    "After Rain" is a collection of twelve short stories that delve into the lives and emotions of various characters, each facing pivotal moments of realization or transformation. The stories, set primarily in England and Ireland, explore themes of love, loss, missed connections, and the subtle dramas of everyday life. The characters, often lonely or disillusioned, find moments of grace or understanding that subtly shift their perspectives or their lives. The title story, for instance, features a woman who gains insight into her relationship with her parents and her own path after reading old letters following a breakup. The collection is marked by its quiet intensity and the author's precise, evocative prose.

    The 8560th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. The Children of Dynmouth

    "The Children of Dynmouth" is a chilling and suspenseful novel about a 15-year-old boy who uses his knowledge of the town's dark secrets to manipulate and control the lives of its residents. The teenager's disturbing behavior and sinister plots create a sense of unease and tension among the townspeople, leading to a climax that reveals the true nature of his intentions. The book explores themes of innocence, evil, and the power of knowledge, providing a deep and unsettling examination of human nature.

    The 10793rd Greatest Book of All Time