Author(s): Kevin Barry
This title is shortlisted for the 2011 Costa First Novel Award. Forty years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the Northside Rises and the eerie bogs of Big Nothin' that the city really lives. For years, the city has been in the cool grip of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there's trouble in the air. They say his old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and, his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight...And then there's his mother.
Shortlisted for the 2011 Costa First Novel Award - this is a cool, comic, violent and lyrical debut novel from one of Ireland's most talented new writers.
Shortlisted for Costa First Novel Award 2011.
"[Barry's] work is hilarious and unpredictable--and always brilliant." --Roddy Doyle
"The best novel to come out of Ireland since Ulysses." --Irvine Welsh
"What an unforgettably wonderful novel: hilarious, unique, utterly believable. It's Joyce meets Anthony Burgess, and as funny as Flann O'Brien. We Kevin Barry fans have known for a while that he is a writer of rarest gifts, but this book is an electrifying masterpiece." --Joseph O'Connor
"Kevin Barry is the real thing, and nothing can stop him." --David Guterson
Kevin Barry's story collection, There Are Little Kingdoms, won the Rooney Prize in 2007. His short fiction has appeared widely on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently in The New Yorker. City of Bohane is his first novel.