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  • Published: 15 April 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099437390
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $22.99

The Portable Virgin




Man Booker winner Anne Enright's first collection of short stories, reissued in a sumptuous new series style

Discover Man Booker winner Anne Enright's first collection of short stories.

'Elegant, scrupulously poised, always intelligent and, not least, original' Angela Carter

The characters in Anne Enright's fierce and witty first collection of stories stand at an oblique angle to society. Full of desire, but out of kilter, their response to a dislocated reality is mutinous, wild, unforgettable.

'Quirky, subversive, original wit and an imaginative linguistic fluency' Irish Times

  • Published: 15 April 2002
  • ISBN: 9780099437390
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Anne Enright

Anne Enright was born in Dublin, where she now lives and works. She has written two collections of stories, published together as Yesterday’s Weather, one book of non-fiction, Making Babies, and six novels, including The Gathering, which won the 2007 Man Booker Prize, The Forgotten Waltz, which was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and The Green Road, which was the Bord Gáis Energy Novel of the Year and won the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. In 2015 she was appointed as the first Laureate for Irish Fiction, and in 2018 she received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature.

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Praise for The Portable Virgin

Witty and acerbic...unusual and elegant. She is a writer to watch

Today

Introduces a new voice in Irish fiction...a quirky, subversive, original wit and an imaginative linguistic fluency which must be interpreted as the consolidation of a new literary maturity

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

In sentence after sentence as cool and clear-headed as the moment a migraine lifts, these pained, precise, disquieting stories restore to us the strangeness of the lives we follow beneath the surface of the lives we lead. The Portable Virgin is a remarkable debut

Aidan Matthews

A great new Irish talent which we're bound to enjoy again. I can't wait

Irish Indepedent

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