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Lucy Caldwell

Multitudes is the beautiful debut story collection from the acclaimed, prize-winning novelist and playwright Lucy Caldwell.

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From Belfast to London and back again the eleven stories that comprise Caldwell’s first collection explore the many facets of growing up – the pain and the heartache, the tenderness and the joy, the fleeting and the formative – or ‘the drunkenness of things being various’. Stories of longing and belonging, they culminate with the heart-wrenching and unforgettable title story.

Critic Reviews

Beautifully crafted, and so finely balanced that she holds the reader right up against the tender humanity of her characters.

Eimear McBride
Critic Reviews

Lucy Caldwell’s first short-story collection is largely rooted in her native Belfast and points up aspects of the city – not the Troubles ... but a rawness and an intolerance of difference ... Taken together, the stories are a survey of the threats faced by women from childhood through to childbirth.

Critic Reviews

Caldwell captures every last sob and spew in a book redeemed by its underlying resilience and exhilarating vividness.

Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

A clear, calm voice in your ear.

Anthony Cummins, Telegraph

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She is the author of four novels, several stage plays and radio dramas, and two collections of short stories: Multitudes and Intimacies. She won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2021 for ‘All the People Were Mean and Bad’. Other awards include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, the George Devine…

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