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Kevin Barry - 30 November

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Barry’s second novel is set in 1978 and imagines John Lennon on the west coast of Ireland, his plan is to go to the island he owns, Dorinish— which Lennon really did buy, in 1967 — and to spend days of cathartic solitude there, to confront the trauma of “love, blood, fate, death, sex, the void” and scream until he finds release. The tale of a wild journey into the world and a wild journey within, Beatlebone is a mystery box of a novel. It’s a portrait of an artist at a time of creative strife. It is most of all a sad and beautiful comedy from one of the most gifted stylists now at work.

Beatlebone is as gloriously confounding and as wondrously welcome as a hatching hawk’s egg in a Christmas cracker.”Niall Griffiths on Beatlebone

Barry is the author of two collections of short stories, and the novel City of Bohane, which was the winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Kevin Barry is the author of one novel and two short story collections, the most recent of which, Dark Lies the Island, included the story ‘Beer Trip to Llandudno’ for which he won the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2012, the world’s premier short story prize. His first collection of stories, There Are Little Kingdoms was published by The Stinging Fly Press in 2007 and was an immediate success. His first novel, City of Bohane(2011) received largely positive reviews and won the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The book is a futuristic, apocalyptic western-thriller, which is highly influenced by film, graphic novels and popular culture. Barry’s writing is brilliantly vivid, his style darkly humorous, in the mould of Flann O’Brien. A unique and compelling voice, he has already been described by Irvine Welsh as ‘the most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years’.

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