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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446435694
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

True Believers

A brilliant collection of short stories - 'funny, sad, shocking and piercing observations on Irish life' - Sunday Telegraph.

True Believers projects the reader into a world of characters stunning in their variety. Here are sad-hearted priests, old friends, young lovers, rockers and rebels. Here are runaway husbands and runaway wives. Here are jokers and fantatics, punks and poets, thinkers and drinkers, chancers and killers. Here are the true believers, all clinging desperately to some kind of faith in a mutable and dangerous world.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446435694
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin. His books include eight previous novels: Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea (American Library Association Award, Irish Post Award for Fiction, France’s Prix Millepages, Italy’s Premio Acerbi, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European novel of the year), Redemption Falls, Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel 2011) and The Thrill of it All. His fiction has been translated into forty languages. He received the 2012 Irish PEN Award for outstanding achievement in literature and in 2014 he was appointed Frank McCourt Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Limerick.


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Praise for True Believers

“The laureate of the rising Irish generation, he combines the demotic wit of Roddy Doyle and the structural guile of Colm Toibin. A significant writer of a very contemporary kind.”

Irish Times

“O'Connor writers with rawness, energy and verve”

Sunday Telegraph

“O'Connor describers the pretentions and uncertainties of youth with compassion, humour and a fine dramatic edge”

Literary Review

“Smart and engaging”


“First, the good news: Eddie Virago is back. The hero of Joseph O'Connor's widely acclaimed novel Cowboys and Indians features in the first of the thirteen stories that make up True Believers, and he makes a tasty entree. Now for the great new: there's plenty more where Eddie came from.”

The Times

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