“Nakedness rather than sex is the theme of Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s Nude, nakedness and hiding linked like natural opposites, the delicacy of encounters and then the blunt proposition, the subterfuge and the revelation. Over it all is an elegant simplicity of language, a quilt of metaphor. Art and beauty are the threads that hold it together and ravel the lives of her characters. A beautiful collection of stories about beauty.”

William Wall
Man Booker longlisted author of This Is The Country

“Nuala Ní Chonchúir’s stories in her extraordinary collection, Nude, are at once ravishingly sexual and achingly, vulnerably human. The title not only refers to the body but to the human heart. She understands both with profound delicacy and compassion, and she has a pitch-perfect narrative voice to illuminate truths that are rarely spoken.”

Robert Olen Butler
author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Nude has been shortlisted for the 2010 Edge Hill Short Story Prize.