Fifty/Fifty and Other Stories is the first collection of short stories by young Northern Irish author Matthew W. McFarland. In ‘Fifty/Fifty’, a policeman is called out to an attempted suicide on the Forth Bridge with unexpected consequences. In ‘The Burning Bar’, a man enters a burning building to save the love of his life. ‘What Have You Done?’ deals with the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland, as a civil servant comes face to face with an ex-terrorist, leading him to discover how his family coped with living through the worst of the Troubles. In ‘Defenestration’, a man is thrown from the twelfth storey of a building in mysterious circumstances. These, and seven other stories on such varied topics as sport, fatherhood, arachnophobia, faith, and cannibalism, make up an exciting collection of new fiction which will leave readers wanting more.
Matthew W. McFarland was born in 1983 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After graduating from the University of Dundee with a master’s degree in psychology, he took several jobs including delivering mail, producing birth certificates, and working in the heart of the Northern Ireland Government. He currently lives with his young family just outside the city of Belfast.
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