William Trevor

I have been a big fan of William Trevor’s writing since I was a teenager and having attended two of the same schools find I can relate easily to the people and places that feature in many of his novels. I have gradually been building up a collection of all his work – still a long way to go – and recently acquired two 1st editions on eBay for very reasonable sums. The first was a collection of stories “Old School Ties” (Lemon Tree Press, 1976) and this only cost me £24.00 incl.p+p – the only other copy on offer was £75.00 – and I’m keeping it for a long winter’s day. The second purchase was a review copy of his 2nd novel “The Old Boys” (Viking Press, New York, 1964) which set me back €62.00 including p+p. I already had a copy of this in paperback but hardback is the only format for a proper collection.

The “Old Boys” won the Hawthornden Prize for Literature and encouraged him to turn to writing as a full-time occupation. In the intervening years William Trevor has a been a prodigious writer with many of his works being adapted for the radio and film but, for me, the stellar standard set with the “Old Boys” wasn’t reached again until “The Story of Lucy Gault” (Viking Press, New York, 2002). Needless to say, I have a pristine hardback 1st edition of the latter for which I paid .50 pence (!) in a charity shop on the Isle of Man. There’s so much to say about William Trevor the man and his work, and I will be posting a lot more on this page in the months ahead.

There’s a wiki page here for anybody interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Trevor


12th September, 2012

I located my first William Trevor book today – a collection of short stories entitled “The Distant Past” published by Poolbeg Press in 1979. Mine is a well thumbed, poorly produced paperback which was typical of Poolbeg’s early output and I thought why not replace with a nice hardback edition. No such luck, as it appears that even my humble copy is now relatively scarce and there wasn’t a hardback edition. Perhaps I’ll settle on a pristine paperback replacement.

Some nice stories here including The Ballroom of Romance and Memories of Youghal.

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