By: Jarlath Gregory

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‘The G.A.A is the Gaelic Athletic Association. G.A.Y. is a club night at the London Astoria. Both are full of sweaty men.’

Anto Broderick is young, cute and wants to be a pop star. But he’s cursed with parents who are ‘sporty … G.A.A. sporty’. Then sport suddenly becomes more than a little interesting when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his sister’s boyfriend, Khalid Kashani, a football-loving English Muslim. But can a gay guy really be Just Good Friends with his flirty straight mate?

G.A.A.Y is a funny, bittersweet story of thwarted lust. Driven by viciously witty dialogue, Jarlath Gregory’s characters enact a tragicomic drama against the backdrop of modern Dublin in all its grime and glitter.


‘A novel told in story fragments as razor sharp as any metal splinters from a paramilitary bomb … Probably the best gay Irish literary achievement. Ever.’ – Denis Milholland, Gay Community News

‘Pithy, hilarious.’ – Eoghan Corry, In Dublin

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2 reviews for G.A.A.Y

  1. Lilliput Press

    “I heard Brian Kennedy talking about this book, he raved on about how funny and refreshing it was. I decided to give it a whirl. It captured you in short sharp bursts straight off. I can’t believe I’m gonna use this phrase but it was a page-turner. I finished the book in two sittings unable to stop myself or hold true to the promise of just one more chapter. And now I want the second 100 reasons. Come on give it to us!!
    It’s great to have something which relates to the city your from, but all in all it’s just so universally laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who enjoyed Ross O’Carroll-Kelly but got bored towards the end hop across to the north side to meet his antidote.” SPANGLIE

  2. Lilliput Press

    “G.A.A.Y. is a landmark in Irish fiction. The book explores sexuality and desire in the context of contemporary Ireland, recognising that Ireland has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. It is refreshing to read about contemporary queer Irish life. This is the most important breakthrough book since Emma Donaghue’s Hood. The author has a great ear for dialogue and G.A.A.Y. is laugh out loud funny. The characters are vivid and convincing and the book sweeps you a long in a page turning narrative. In addition to being a riotous read, G.A.A.Y. offers many thoughtful reflections on multiculturalism and whiteness, highlighting the possibilities and challenges faced in a society where nationalism and ethnicity have always been tightly intertwined. Jarlath Gregory is clearly a name to watch.”

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Weight 0.5 kg

March 2005


215x136mm, 208pp