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Green Jay

William Trevor

I want to start a campaign to persuade more people to read this brilliant author, whom I haven't heard much discussed on this board. William Trevor is 80 and just stays home and writes, doesn't get caught up in the publicity machine that seems an inevitable part of being a writer. His powers are not flagging, amazingly.  Although he is known for writing about Ireland's long and sad past, he has lived his adult life in England and also writes about it and other countries, and quite up-to-date themes, too. Both his novels and his collections of short stories are immensely readable.  

His new novel Love And Summer is out, and a volume of collected short stories comes out this autumn. I have quite a hefty volume of his collected stories from way back, (he's prolific and long-lived) and I have to say I prefer the individual short story collections, as they are easier and nicer to handle and come from a distinct era of his writing rather than across the years. The Ballroom of Romamce, After Rain and The Hill Bachelors are particular favourite volumes.  

Of his novels, Felicia's Journey, The Story of Lucy Gault, and Death In Summer are very good. A film was made of Felicia's Journey, with Bob Hoskins being very sinister. I also remember reading The Children Of Dynmouth, which sounds vaguely John Wyndham-ish, but of course isn't.

Despite "never doing interviews" he has just been interviewed for the Guardian. I will try and post the link.
Green Jay

Here is a review of Love & Summer

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2...22/love-and-summer-william-trevor

and here is the interview

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/sep/05/william-trevor-interview
MikeAlx

Re: William Trevor

Green Jay wrote:
Despite "never doing interviews" he has just been interviewed for the Guardian. I will try and post the link.

Also for Radio 4's Front Row - Mark Lawson claims he's been trying to get an interview for 15 years. Margaret Atwood is on the same podcast:

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcas...ntrow/frontrow_20090904-1831a.mp3
Chibiabos83

Yes, a good interview with Mark Lawson, I thought.

It's not as a result of your nascent campaign, LGJ, but I will be reading some Trevor short stories soon as part of my reading challenges for this year. Watch this space (or more likely, my reading blog).
Castorboy

Re: William Trevor

Green Jay wrote:
...I have to say I prefer the individual short story collections, as they are easier and nicer to handle and come from a distinct era of his writing rather than across the years. The Ballroom of Romamce, After Rain and The Hill Bachelors are particular favourite volumes.

Couldn't agree more - I will get around to more of his longer stories next year. Glad he is still around and writing quality stuff.
Green Jay

Re: William Trevor

MikeAlx wrote:
Green Jay wrote:
Despite "never doing interviews" he has just been interviewed for the Guardian. I will try and post the link.

Also for Radio 4's Front Row - Mark Lawson claims he's been trying to get an interview for 15 years. Margaret Atwood is on the same podcast:

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcas...ntrow/frontrow_20090904-1831a.mp3


Stap me, he's turned into a right little media tart, hasn't he?! Wink
Castorboy

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bookmark † † † † † † † † †Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:20 pm † †

Castorboy: your No.49 by William Trevor sounds great. I've never heard of it (Mrs Eckdorf in OíNeillís Hotel) but really appreciate this author - in fact I had one of his on my list as well, Felicia's Journey. Have you read it? It features a teenage Irish girl who crosses to England to search for her lover. It is a quietly passionate, heart rendingly sad and increasingly sinister story, with the most beautiful and haunting last few pages. In fact very, very Irish - they do write about sorrow so movingly.

bookfreak, I thought I had Trevor sussed Ė he uses simple word in his stories, there is a happy ending, or at least a satisfactory one, and he is good at creating characters. In calling this novel Feliciaís Journey, I believe he has slightly and deliberately fooled me and others; sure it is about Felicia but there is more to it than that. The more it would be unfair to explain except that like his fellow octogenarian Jane Gardam, Trevor encourages the reader to take an interest in the story and to pick up the hints and inferences which indicate where the said story is going. Both Felicia and the reader have to work out what is happening because if we donít, we will be surprised.
Another one of his Whitbread Book of the Year Awards and deservedly so.
Evie

Defintely one to add to my TBR list!
Green Jay

Hurray! It's working!!
Green Jay

The read more WT campaign, I mean.  Laughing

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