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By Patrick McCabe

From the winner of the Irish occasions Award for Fiction 1992 and the Booker Prize shortlisted writer of The Butcher Boy.

It appeared as though the city of Carn, a huddled clump of windswept gray structures cut up in via a muddied major road, had one way or the other been lively away and supplanted by means of a thriving, bustling position which bore no resemblance no matter what to it. For a cut up moment, she observed her personal loss of life, a gunmetal face fastened at the sky, everywhere in the faces and voices of Carn as she had recognized it. Josie Keenan had come domestic to the city of Carn, the one domestic she knew’

‘A certain list by means of an individual who is aware that the truth of small-town lifestyles is as vital in literature as any element of eire . . . a savage, uncooked and sour honesty . . . i do know no Irish author with such an noticeable, notable talent’
Dermot Bolger, Sunday Independent

‘Powerful, special writing – Patrick McCabe’s Carn introduces probably the most promising writers in a protracted, lengthy time’ invoice Buford, Granta
‘Resolute . . . the writing is uncooked and didactic. His tale bears the hideous ring of authenticity’
Guardian

‘Stylishly narrated, yet with the chronological forthrightness that comes as a benison after a few glossy novels’
London evaluation of Books

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