Nobber: 'A bloody and brilliant first novel'

Author:   Oisin Fagan
Publisher:   John Murray Press
ISBN:  

9781529389098


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   23 July 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Nobber: 'A bloody and brilliant first novel'


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'A writer out to do whatever the hell he wants . . . a grisly, gross-out slice of medieval life and death, it's vigorously, writhingly itself, spilling out of any box you put it in' Observer 'A dark and bloody tale, well leavened with bone-dry humour, and with a dramatic climax that has about it the flavour of a Jacobean tragedy' Guardian 'Set to become an Irish cult classic' Sunday Business Post An ambitious noble and his three serving men travel through the Irish countryside in the stifling summer of 1348, using the advantage of the plague which has collapsed society to buy up large swathes of property and land. They come upon Nobber, a tiny town, whose only living habitants seem to be an egotistical bureaucrat, his volatile wife, a naked blacksmith, and a beautiful Gaelic hostage. Meanwhile, a band of marauding Gaels are roaming around, using the confusion of the sickness to pillage and reclaim lands that once belonged to them. As these groups converge upon the town, the habitants, who up until this point have been under strict curfew, begin to stir from their dwellings, demanding answers from the intruders. A deadly stand-off emerges from which no one will escape unscathed. 'Nobber is hallucinatory and sly, conjuring a densely strange and savagely captivating world. There are lots of novels, and there are lots of novels that are all much alike, but there is nothing like Nobber' Colin Barrett 'A skilled storyteller with a rich command of language and rare comedic flair' Irish Times

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Author:   Oisin Fagan
Publisher:   John Murray Press
Imprint:   JM Originals
Dimensions:   Width: 13.60cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 21.50cm
Weight:   0.318kg
ISBN:  

9781529389098


ISBN 10:   1529389097
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   23 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Praise for Hostages - . Oisin Fagan announces himself as the best new young writer in Ireland with this ceaselessly audacious, wildly inventive collection of stories. Darkly funny, dazzlingly smart, and ablaze with love and ferocity, the stories in Hostages dynamite the boundaries of the contemporary Irish short story and sets a new challenge to those working in the form. Several of these stories are, to invoke the modern oxymoron, instant classics - Colin Barrett Oisin Fagan's Hostages is a book I'll never forget. Think Flann O'Brien on rocket fuel. It's funny, disconcerting, weird, shocking, a jaw-dropping flashmob of brilliantly written characters dressed as a full-scale riot - Joseph O'Connor Oisin Fagan's anarchic book Hostages set fire to little fuses that, months later, are still fizzing in my head - Irish Times Fagan sounds an original and startling note . . . This is a collection that is imaginative, well crafted, and, above all, gripping. You close this book with a dry mouth and clammy palms - and plenty to think about, in terms of the world as it is, not just as it might be - Lady Fagan renders his DayGlo-Bruegelish nightmares in a careless, cliche-free Anglo-Irish [with] a generous dose of black wit - The Spectator


Praise for Hostages - . Oisin Fagan announces himself as the best new young writer in Ireland with this ceaselessly audacious, wildly inventive collection of stories. Darkly funny, dazzlingly smart, and ablaze with love and ferocity, the stories in Hostages dynamite the boundaries of the contemporary Irish short story and sets a new challenge to those working in the form. Several of these stories are, to invoke the modern oxymoron, instant classics - Colin Barrett Oisin Fagan's Hostages is a book I'll never forget. Think Flann O'Brien on rocket fuel. It's funny, disconcerting, weird, shocking, a jaw-dropping flashmob of brilliantly written characters dressed as a full-scale riot - Joseph O'Connor Oisin Fagan's anarchic book Hostages set fire to little fuses that, months later, are still fizzing in my head - Irish Times Fagan sounds an original and startling note . . . This is a collection that is imaginative, well crafted, and, above all, gripping. You close this book with a dry mouth and clammy palms - and plenty to think about, in terms of the world as it is, not just as it might be - Lady


Nobber is hallucinatory and sly, conjuring a densely strange and savagely captivating world. There are lots of novels, and there are lots of novels that are all much alike, but there is nothing likeNobber - Colin Barrett


Nobber is hallucinatory and sly, conjuring a densely strange and savagely captivating world. There are lots of novels, and there are lots of novels that are all much alike, but there is nothing likeNobber - Colin Barrett Amid a strange, dark tale come glimpses of a striking new talent . . . gives us plenty of glimpses of Fagan's literary talent - The Times A highly anticipated debut - RTE Guide


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Oisin Fagan has had short fiction published in the Stinging Fly and the anthology Young Irelanders, with work featured in the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In 2016, he won the inaugural Penny Dreadful Novella Prize for The Hierophants. Hostages, his first collection, was published in 2016. He is a recipient of the 2016 and the 2018 Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.

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