A Year With William Trevor

Introducing a Year With William Trevor

William Trevor (1928-2016) was an Irish writer who left behind an amazing legacy — dozens of novels, novellas, short stories and plays — for us to enjoy. 

On the occasion of the 95th anniversary of his birth, what better way to celebrate William Trevor’s work than by spending a year reading it?

That’s why in 2023 I am joining forces with Cathy from 746 Books to spend “A Year with William Trevor“. Between the two of us, we think we can cover a good chunk of his writing over the course of 12 months — and we’d love you to join in!

We have come up with a proposed reading schedule and we’ll be posting our reviews in the first week of every month,  commencing in January 2023.

MONTH CATHY KIM
JAN The Old Boys Cheating at Canasta (short stories)
FEB The Boarding House Mrs Eckdorf in O’Neill’s Hotel
MAR The Love Department Miss Gomez and the Brethren
APR The Hill Bachelors (short stories) Elizabeth Alone
MAY Nights at the Alexandra The Children of Dynmouth
JUN Felicia’s Journey A Bit on the Side (short stories)
JUL Death in Summer Other People’s Worlds
AUG The Mark-2 Wife (short stories) Fools of Fortune
SEP The Story of Lucy Gault The Silence in the Garden
OCT Excursions in the Real World (memoir) After Rain (short stories)
NOV Two Lives Two Lives
DEC Last Stories The Dressmaker’s Child 
A Year With William Trevor Reading Schedule

Over the years, I have read a handful of Trevor’s books and have loved them all. His work ranges from roaringly funny to quietly devasting, so there’s bound to be something to suit your mood and your taste.

If you are looking for some inspiration, here’s what I have previously read and reviewed:

The Old Boys (1964)
The Boarding House (1965)
The Love Department (1966)
Nights at the Alexandra (1987)
Felicia’s Journey (1994)
Death in Summer (1998)
The Story of Lucy Gault (2002)
Love and Summer (2009) and
Last Stories (2018)

Cathy has reviewed:

The Children Of Dynmouth. (1976)
After Rain (1996) and
Love and Summer (2009)

I’m looking forward to reading more of his work and filling in the gaps, as it were, as well as following Cathy’s reviews and seeing how she reacts to some of the books I have already read.

If you decide to join in, whether on your own blog or social media accounts, please tag us both and use the hashtag #WilliamTrevor2023.

Do let us know in the comments below if you are keen to take part or perhaps recommend a favourite William Trevor book. We can’t wait for the year-long celebration to begin!

19 thoughts on “Introducing a Year With William Trevor”

  1. I’ll certainly join in , I love Trevor’s writing, and although I binged on his novels when I first discovered Lucy Gault, I’m sure I haven’t read everything yet. I’ll fossick around and see what I can find.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. He’s got 20 novels to his name and about a dozen-plus story collections, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find something you haven’t yet read, Lisa. Be great to have you on board.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. As you already know, I was and am a big fan of William Trevor. I have read most of the books listed above. I actually prefer his light-hearted early work to his more serious later work.

    Like

    1. Ah yes, we have had this discussion before, Tony. His early novels are black comedies of the finest order, but I have a soft spot for rural novels so I quite like his later work too. I’m looking forward to filling in the gaps in my reading as I seem to have read his early work and his later work, but not the stuff in between.

      Like

  3. I have always wanted to read Trevor, having only read a short story or two, but the way next year is panning out I don’t imagine l’ll manage to take part, but if I can fit in a short story or two I will. Tony’s comment interests me.

    Like

    1. The beauty of his work is that it doesn’t require a huge time commitment because he specialised in short stories and slim novels/novellas. Tony is quite correct in that the early work is much more comic (written in a similar vein to Ealing comedies), although the dark side of human nature is very much present in most of his characters even in those early stories.

      Like

  4. This is very exciting and I wish it very well – I’m sure I’ll see lots of people joining in who I follow. I am considering doing a year of general re-reading next year, in which case I will see if I have any Trevors on the bookshelves and take part. But best of luck anyway.

    Like

    1. Thanks Liz. My reading this year has been all over the place, so it will be good to have a specific reading project to focus on. Be great if you find a William Trevor on your bookshelves so you can take part.

      Like

I'd love to know what you think, so please leave a comment below

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.