PICADOR SHOTS - 'The Unrequited'

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In June, 2006, Picador launch Picador Shots, a new series of pocket-sized books priced at £1. The Shots aim to promote the short story as well as the work of some Picador's greatest authors. They will be contemporarily packaged but ultimately disposable books that are the ideal literary alternative to a magazine. The Unrequited by Niall Williams is to be one of the first.

'The Unrequited' opens with the arrival in Oslo of Raphael Newell, a Dublin accountant. Someone who has always previously lived on the margins of life, Ray has come to Norway find the married woman he has fallen in love with. Rejuevnated and invigorated by the experience of being in love, Ray sees the world differently; everything and everyone around him is transformed, and he feels for the first time that he has really come alive.

Recounting the couple's first meeting alongside Ray's Norwegian quest, The Unrequited is both love story and fable, both a story for our times and -- in the themes of love, life and loss it explores -- one that is timeless; a story for all ages, in all senses of the word.

About Niall Williams

Niall Williams was born in 1958 and lives in Kiltumper, Ireland, with his wife Christine and their two children. He is the author of several novels, including Four Letters of Love, which was sold in over twenty countries and is an international bestseller.

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Books by Niall Williams

Four Letters Of Love
Four Letters Of Love
The Fall of Light
The Fall of Light
Only Say the Word
Only Say the Word
As It Is in Heaven
As It Is in Heaven

Books in the Series

PICADOR SHOT - 'A Good Man'
PICADOR SHOT - 'A Good Man'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'Sonata'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'Sonata'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'Chemistry'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'Chemistry'
Water from the Sun and Discovering Japan (Short Reads)
Water from the Sun and Discovering Japan (Short Reads)
PICADOR SHOT - 'Even the Crows Say Krakow'
PICADOR SHOT - 'Even the Crows Say Krakow'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'The Then Wives'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'The Then Wives'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'The Voice'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'The Voice'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'Death of the Pugilist, or The Famous Battle of Jacob Burke and Blindman McGraw'
PICADOR SHOTS - 'Death of the Pugilist, or The Famous Battle of Jacob Burke and Blindman McGraw'