A Bit on the Side – William Trevor


A clean unmarked copy with no inscriptions 245 clean, clear and bright pages. Black boards with gilt lettering on spine, boards are clean and unmarked. Original pictorial dust jacket not price clipped. Usual toning and shelf ware should be expected. Bookseller Inventory # TSB4148

Title: A Bit on the Side

Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books.

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition


‘Then, for the forty minutes that were theirs, they spoke of love: as it had been for them, as it still was, of its confinement, necessarily so, its intensity too, its pain, the mockery it had so often felt like, how they had never wasted it by sitting in silence in the dark of a cinema or sleeping through the handful of nights they’d spent together in her flat. They had not wasted it in lovers’ quarrels, or lovers’ argument. They did not waste it now, in what they said….’ Tender, touching, beautifully honest, William Trevor’s first collection of stories since the highly acclaimed and award winning The Hill Bachelors (2000), A Bit On The Side explores questions of love and adultery, secret passions, office romances, and the broken and unbroken rules of love.

From the Inside Flap:

William Trevor’s stunning new collection of stories displays this renowned craftsman at the peak of his powers. A middle-aged couple meet in a theatre bar for a squalid blind date; a disappointed priest fears an innocent young girl may run away from home; two self-certain sisters visit a newly widowed local woman. From these slender moments Trevor creates whole lives, conjuring up characters marked by bitterness and loss. William Trevor’s graceful prose is a wonder in itself, and as convincing when inhabiting the mind of a school lunchmaid, an adulterous Irish country librarian or a murderer on the London streets. And as is always the case with William Trevor, venom and tragedy are never far from the still surface of the stories.
These stories, many of which first appeared in “The New Yorker, are small masterpieces of observation from one of the most highly acclaimed and beloved writers of the century.