The Dear Departed: Selected Short Stories

The Dear Departed: Selected Short Stories is a collection of short stories by Northern Ireland-born novelist Brian Moore. It was published in the United Kingdom by Turnpike Books in 2020, 21 years after his death.[1]

The Dear Departed:
Selected Short Stories
Dear Departed Brian Moore cover.jpg
AuthorBrian Moore
Cover artiste-Digital Design
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherTurnpike Books
Publication date
2020 (paperback)
Preceded byThe Magician's Wife (1997) 


Story title When first published Where first published Subsequent re-publication
"A Vocation" Autumn 1956 Tamarack Review 1, pp. 18–22 Threshold 2 (Summer 1958) pp. 21–25

Garrity, Devin A (ed.) The Irish Genius (1960). New York: Signet Books

Threshold 21: An Anthology of Ulster Writing (1967) pp. 49–53
"Grieve for the Dear Departed" August 1950 The Atlantic Pudney, John (ed.) Pick of Today's Short Stories, no. 12 (1960). London: Putnam, pp. 179–188
"Uncle T" November 1960 Gentleman's Quarterly Moore, Brian. Two Stories (1978). Northridge, California: Santa Susana Press
"Lion of the Afternoon" November 1957 The Atlantic Cornhill 170, 1958

Pacey, Desmond (ed.) A Book of Canadian Stories (1962). Toronto: Ryerson Press, pp. 283–293
"Fly Away Finger, Fly Away Thumb" September 1953 London Mystery Magazine Haining, Peter (ed.) Great Irish Tales of Horror (1995). London: Souvenir Press, pp. 227–236
"Off the Track" 1961 Weaver, Robert (ed.) Ten for Wednesday Night (1961). Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, pp. 159–167 Rimanelli, Giose; Ruberto, Robert (eds.) Modern Canadian Stories (1966). Toronto: Ryerson Press, pp. 239–246
"Hearts and Flowers" 24 November 1961 The Spectator
"Preliminary Pages of a Work of Revenge" Winter 1961 Midstream 7, pp.57–61 Montrealer, December 1961, pp. 27–29

Ploughshares 2, 1974, pp. 28–32

Montague, John; Kinsella, Thomas (eds.) The Dolmen: Miscellany of Irish Writing (1962). Dublin: Dolman, pp. 1–7

Richler, Mordechai (ed.) Canadian Writings Today (1970). Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, pp. 135–145

Moore, Brian. Two Stories (1978). Northridge, California: Santa Susana Press


Reviewing the book in The Spectator, Wendy Erskine said: "[T]he stories of this collection display the concerns that would preoccupy the Belfast-born Moore throughout his career — those attempts to abandon the values and constraints of the past, to escape conservative, authoritarian homes... But leaving aside any relationship to future output, these are, simply, great stories. In ‘Uncle T’, a young Irish emigrant and his bride find that the ‘publishing’ job offered by a relative and his wife in New York is not all it seems. The story is deft, nuanced and notable in the way it elicits sympathy for all four main characters...There is delightful variety. A super-natural tale of Sicilian bandits has shades of Hammer House of Horror, and is no less enjoyable for that. ‘Lion of the Afternoon’ presents a variety show performed for children with disabilities. Written in 1957, its language is undeniably of the time, but it’s a beautiful, sad and compassionate story of difference and identification."[2]

Writing in The Irish News, James Doyle said that "Moore's short stories are as restless in their variety as his novels". Although several of them share many of the themes and atmosphere of Moore's novel Judith Hearne, "they are more consciously influenced by Joyce and give an insight into Moore’s own feelings about his father and life as an emigrant... Other stories from The Dear Departed display a humorous side to Moore. They include the supernatural tale of a Sicilian bandit who kidnaps a magician – it could be one of Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected – while the most joyous story allows Moore to take comic revenge on religion and express the freedom he found in Canada."[1]


  1. ^ a b Doyle, James (1 July 2020). "Books: The Dear Departed a new collection of stories by the late, great Brian Moore". Irish News. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  2. ^ Erskine, Wendy (25 July 2020). "Sad and beautiful: The Dear Departed, by Brian Moore, reviewed". The Spectator. Retrieved 30 July 2020.


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