About the book…
Better known for his highly-acclaimed autobiographical quartet No Surrender, Song of Erne, Up Spake the Cabin Boy and The Protoge Robert Harbinson is also one of the north of Ireland's most original and elegant writers of short fiction.
Carrying with them all the verve and muscular lyricism of the autobiographies, these stories imaginatively engender the worlds of exotica and perverse mannerisms which lie on the factual horizons of those books: from the unconventional homesick missionary lady of Benedicit, to the outrageous tragic farce of Tattoo Lily.
With a language evocative and economical, his stories explore a rich Ulster background of country and small town with humour, vitality and unsentimental tenderness. Selected and introduced by John Keyes, this book re-establishes Harbinson's place at the centre of that tradition of northern short story writers which includes Michael McLaverty, Sam Hanna Bell and Maurice Leitch