Below is a recap of the reviews to date of Greetings, Hero.
The publishers have placed the book in very many indie bookshops aross the UK and in New Zealand. Hodges Figgis in Dublin are offering it at fast-mover price of €15.90 since the launch there on Nov 12th. Dubray Books stock it, Kennys in Galway, Crannog in Cavan, and most independent bookshops.
And now the reviews:“The strongest debut collection I have read for some years”
—David Rose in Quadrapheme“Beautifully imagined and crafted.”
— Sue Leonard in the Irish Examiner“Aiden O’Reilly is an absolute master at conveying a certain way of life.” “O’Reilly’s very fine debut offer the reader a series of candid dispatches from a changing Europe. It is a volume defined by a sense of unease.” “If this (from an indie publisher) gets enough press, it’ll have rabid fans and furious detractors: we’ll be intrigued to see them slog it out.”
- Towards the end of the Bookmunch review.“I was very taken by ‘Human Behaviour’, ‘Three Friends’, ‘Lost and Found’, ‘Unfinished Business’ and ‘Words Spoken’, all of which conjured up recognisable situations and predicaments with such freshness as to make them seem startlingly new.” “… there’s little joy in these tales of human misunderstanding, disingenuousness and indifference, although they are sometimes starkly compelling, and have a visceral immediacy and an authenticity of felt life, albeit grim. They do have an existential temper, but not of the optimistic kind.”
— Geoff Ward, journalist and Colin Wilson expert (not a review, but a perspective on the collection)“…a sprawling and ambitious book that succeeds in giving a voice to the marginalised. The author lays bare these characters as they wander their lonely worlds, braving the elements.” “O’Reilly’s voice is strong, his vision is remarkably clear, and the stories are dotted with beautiful turns of phrase.” “Aiden O’Reilly is almost faultless in his presenting of a certain way of life much of the world has probably encountered, in one way or another, but may never have paid much attention to … a brilliant debut for Aiden O’Reilly.”