Last Sto­ries

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - BOOKS - Max David­son

Wil­liam Trevor Vik­ing £14.99

Wil­liam Trevor’s short fic­tion was the stuff of leg­end long be­fore his death in 2016, and these fi­nal ten sto­ries are like a mas­ter­class de­liv­ered from be­yond the grave. Whether de­scrib­ing fam­ily ten­sions in the kitchen of an Ir­ish farm­house or mys­te­ri­ous women loi­ter­ing on the touch­line at a school hockey match, Trevor’s eye for de­tail is as ex­traor­di­nary as his com­pas­sion is all-en­com­pass­ing. Stand­out sto­ries in­clude The Pi­ano Teacher’s

Pupil, fea­tur­ing a mu­si­cal prodigy who is also a sneak thief, and An Idyll In Win­ter, set on the York­shire moors, which says more wise things about the hu­man heart in 26 pages than Emily Brontë man­aged in the whole of Wuther­ing Heights.

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