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The River Field

The River Field
  • The River Field by John MacKenna


'John MacKenna's short stories are a wonder'

- The Irish Times

This magnificent collection of short stories by one of Ireland’s finest writers is set over the centuries and bound by one connecting factor – a field near the author’s beloved Castledermot, Co. Kildare. Each story showcases MacKenna’s incredible gift of capturing a moment, an emotion, a time in sensuous yet stark language. 

Praise for John MacKenna:

‘His stories are imbued with an intense eroticism which sharpens the character’s memories and softens the harsh Irish landscapes in which they live’ – The Sunday Times

‘A writer whose emotional success rarely falters’ – The Irish Times

‘A consummately skilled author’ – The Guardian

‘His restrained, limpid style and rural settings are reminiscent of McGahern’ – The Irish Times


John MacKenna


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Weight .412 g
Dimensions .215 x .139 x .25 mm


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