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Sean O'Brien

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  • SEAN O'BRIEN has published four collections of poems, most recently Downriver, which won the 2002 Forward Prize for Best Collection. His essays have been collected in The Deregulated Muse: Essays on Contemporary British and Irish Poetry (Bloodaxe) and he has translated Aristophanes' The Birds (Methuen) and more recently Zamyatin's We for BBC Radio 4. He was editor of The Firebox: Poetry in Britain and Ireland After 1945, and currently lives in Newcastle.
    Praise for Sean O'Brien 'The collection is as satisfying as it is stimulating... deeply unsettlingly... darkly thrilling.'
    The Independent
    'Often in the last scene, often in the last line, O'Brien... withdraws his offer of a pint of mild in the local piss-palace and nails your bottom lip to the bar instead...'
    M John Harrison in the TLS
    'Strange, creepy, often brilliant...'
    The Financial Times
    'The prose, winging between stateliness and the coarsest urban patois, is fluent and flawless...'
    The Independent on Sunday
     'Sean O'Brien, like Graham Greene, creates his own instantly recognisable fictional landscape, where crime, mystery and disillusion lurk by the waters of the Tyne or Humber. His stories glint with black comedy and touches of the macabre and surreal. In O'Brien country you may hear the hoot of a train pulling out of the city, but you'll never be on it, because your place is here in the kingdom of backstreet pubs, tired, desirable girls and drowned men. Nothing is ever as it seems: it is much more frightening than that... First-class stories from one of our finest writers.'
    Helen Dunmore

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