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  • Published: 25 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781781620618
  • Imprint: Doubleday Ireland
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.99

The Last Resort



The residents of Seacliff Caravan Park visit their caravans for the first half-term of the year.

Frankie obsesses over his long-gone daughter, killed by a car bomb thirty-five years ago. Anna struggles to shake off the ghost of her overbearing mother. Vidas, homeless and far from Lithuania, hides out in one of the caravans. Agatha Christie-obsessed Alma attempts to solve the mystery of items disappearing from the campsite. Kathleen struggles to accept that her daughter is a lesbian. Malcolm is a failed illusionist with an alcohol problem.

With trademark wit and playfulness, in this stunning linked short-story collection Jan Carson explores complex family dynamics, ageing, immigration, gender politics, the decline of the Church and the legacy of the Troubles. The Last Resort firmly places Carson as one of the most inventive and daring writers of her generation.

  • Published: 25 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781781620618
  • Imprint: Doubleday Ireland
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Jan Carson

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast. Her first novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim, followed by a short story collection, Children’s Children (2016), and a flash fiction anthology, Postcard Stories (2017). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. In 2016 she won the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition and was shortlisted for the Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Prize. She specializes in running arts projects and events with older people, especially those living with dementia. The Fire Starters is her second novel.

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