The King From Over the Water


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John O'Donoghue is the author of Brunch Poems (Waterloo Press, 2009); Fools & Mad (Waterloo Press, 2014); and Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (John Murray, 2009). Sectioned was awarded Mind Book of The Year 2010. His story 'The Irish Short Story That Never Ends' won The Irish Post Creative Writing Competition in 2016. He was awarded a Brookleaze Grant by the Royal Society of Literature, also in 2016, to work on a novel about John Clare and Robert Lowell, both patients in the same asylum over 100 years apart. He is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Brighton.


Looking at Irish country life in the 1960s and 70s through John Kevin's eyes is a magical experience. By turns sad, funny, dark and lovely, John O'Donoghue introduces us to a rich set of characters in the long summer days of what seems a distant, warmer time. Mick Finlay, author of the Arrowood novels"We're flesh and blood, John Kevin. Cousins. You're a part of me, and I'm a part of you." What if the past is another country that is nearly but not quite yours? John O'Donoghue's short stories explore the emigrant experience through the often minute details that differentiate neighbouring cultures. John Kevin is an innocent abroad not in a foreign country, but in the country of his parents' birth. He must navigate the familiar and unfamiliar with only his own inherited instincts to guide him. Nessa O'Mahony, writerThese stories from childhood summers in Ireland are written with delicacy and tact, their solid realism mingled with the magic of childish imagination. Tessa Hadley, writer

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