Acutely observed, and often comic, Martin Malone's stories chart the hidden and darker currents beneath everyday, seemingly ordinary, family life. An Irish soldier who brings his Middle-East tour of duty home with him, a car-park attendant who ponders all that he witnesses, two sisters who have always shared everything, and a father and son trapped in a tragic aftermath are some of the deftly realised characters who memorably people these powerful tales of love, loss and betrayal. Cleanly written, and displaying a true gift for dialogue, "The Mango War and Other Stories" is a collection to reckon with.
Martin Malone has written a number of radio plays for RTE and has had his stories broadcast by both RTE and the BBC. He was a prize winner of the Frances McManus Award and twice shortlisted for the Hennessy Award. He has published four best-selling novels: US (2000), After Kafra (2001), The Broken Cedar (2003), which was long-listed for the IMPAC Award in 2005, and The Silence of the Glasshouse (New Island, 2008). He is a columnist with the Leinster Leader.