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Mary Costello

Three Books That Have Inspired Me:

  1. The Beggar Maid by Alice Munro
  2. First Love, Last Rites by Ian McEwan
  3. Elizabeth Costello by JM Coetzee

I’m greedy – I wanted to add Last Night by James Salter, Everything that Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor; Julius Winsome by Gerard Donovan; High Ground by John McGahern; Exile and the Kingdom by Camus… many more… more Coetzee, more Camus…Poets too- Rilke, Eliot, Ted Hughes…

Three Books I Have Enjoyed Reading Recently:

  1. Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
  2. The Childhood of Jesus by JM Coetzee
  3. The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower

More greed: Camus’s Essays and Diaries; Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig; Burning Bright by Ron Rash; Pulphead, essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan; The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibín…

Mary CostelloMary Costello grew up in Galway and lives in Dublin. She has had stories published in New Irish Writing, various anthologies, and in the literary magazine The Stinging Fly, and she was also shortlisted for a Hennessy Award. Her first collection of stories entitled The China Factory was published recently by The Stinging Fly Press.

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