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Review of Sorj Chalandon's 'Return to Killybegs'
At long last a review of this wonderful novel, translated from the French and published by Lilliput in 2013.
"...Chalandon confronts the mechanics of betrayal, the ways in which we justify our worst actions and the illusions we collectively assemble, offering his character some much-deserved empathy. Few books are able to achieve as much."
Tune in at the 22-minute mark to hear Antony Farrell talk books, Joyce, and crazy interns with Susan Cahill.
For Publishers Lilliput and Liberties, Independence is All
Read Eimear McKeith's piece about Dublin's independent publishers in today's Irish Times here! Featuring a twinkling photo of Antony himself.
Rob Doyle's 'Here are the Young Men' Acquired by Bloomsbury
We are delighted to announce the acquisition and almost instant publication by Bloomsbury of Here Are the Young Men.
As they face the void of their post-school lives, Matthew, Rez, Cocker and Kearney spend their first summer of freedom in a savage apprenticeship on the streets of Dublin. Roaming aimlessly through the city, fuelled by drugs and dark fantasies, the teenagers spiral into self-destruction, fleeing a reality they despise. Here Are the Young Men portrays a chilling spiritual fallout, harbinger of the collapse of a national illusion. Visceral and blackly funny, this debut novel marks the arrival of a powerful literary talent who releases an unnerving anarchic energy to devastating effect.
World English rights to Here Are the Young Men were pre-empted by Alexa von Hirschberg at Bloomsbury in a deal handled by Marianne Gunn O'Connor for The Lilliput Press.
Alexa von Hirschberg says:
'Here Are the Young Men is a fierce, shocking, blackly comic wild ride of a novel – a powerful literary statement about the lives of disaffected and disillusioned young people. Rob Doyle does for Dublin what Irvine Welsh did for Edinburgh in Trainspotting. Brave, insightful, philosophical and heartbreaking, it introduces a talented writer at the beginning of what will be a long career.'
Bloomsbury will publish in paperback in the UK and Ireland on 25th September 2014, and in the US in 2015.
The Spinning Heart has been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Award. Considered by many to be the definitive novel of the economic collapse, Donal's impressive debut continues to garner accolades from all over.
Read more about the IMPAC shortlist HERE.
What Richard Did
Fantastic film directed by Leonard Abrahamson based on Kevin Power's novel Bad Day in Blackrock, published first by The Lilliput Press in 2008
What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the beginning of university. The world is bright and everything seems possible, until one summer night Richard does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its mainly young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.
Showing in cinemas nationwide
Read a review here
Buy the book at a discount here