Great Irish Drinking Stories
Edited and introduced by Peter Haining
Ireland’s drinking culture has been exported around the world and given the Irish a reputation as an entertaining and talkative nation. It has been an inspiration for Ireland’s other great export, her writers.
From James Joyce, Flann O’Brien and Brendan Behan to Roddy Doyle and Patrick McCabe, all have written about drinking and its effects, the stuff of life and sometimes the troubling consequences. In Great Irish Drinking Stories, Irish revelry is included, wakes and weddings, city bars and country pubs, the craic and the ceilidh in a round of stories that celebrate drink and drinking.
The craics the thing when the Irish celebrate, when they travel in Finnegan’s wake around the most memorable fictional pubs in Irish literature or stories of the legendary drinkers who can be found propping up the bar and telling you the longest story of your life. Great Irish Drinking Stories features a round of stories that have the wit, imagination and appetite for life you’ll find in any Irish pub.
The writers included are:
Samuel Beckett / Brendan Behan / Roddy Doyle / Patrick McCabe / Frank O’Connor / Shane MacGowan / William Trevor / Malachy McCourt / Bernard Shaw / Peter Tremayne / Robert J. Martin / James Joyce / Patrick Kavanagh / Flann O’Brien / Marian Keyes / Sean O’Faolain / Edna O’Brien / Bernard MacLaverty / Brian Friel / Sean O’Casey / J.M. Synge / Glenn Patterson / William Carleton / Lynn Doyle / Eamonn Sweeney
“As for the stories, Haining has chosen wisely… a mixture of the obvious and the unexpected, the popular (Roddy Doyle, Marian Keyes) and the esoteric; which is how this kind of thing should be done… this collection is an advertisement for the short-story form itself.”
“A wealth of literature, stories and wit has grown from boozing as it is such an integral part of Irish culture… Peter Haining has chosen 25 tales that reflect this culture.”
‘Sunday Business Post’
“A carefully considered anthology of stories by 25 of Ireland’s best writers… Ireland is not the only country whose citizens occasionally succumb to drink, but when it comes to writing about it, Irish writers may be among the most eloquent.”
‘What’s On In London’