Author: Murray, Paul
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Published on 8 June 2023 by Penguin Books Ltd (Hamish Hamilton Ltd) in the United Kingdom.
Hardback | 656 pages
164 x 244 x 47 | 852g
WINNER OF IRISH BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2023SHORTLISTED FOR THE NERO BOOK AWARDS 2023SHORTLISTED FOR THE WRITERSâ€™ PRIZE FOR FICTION 2024ONE OF SARAH JESSICA PARKERâ€™S BEST BOOKS OF 2023Book of the Year 2023 according to New York Times, New Yorker, The Sunday Times, The Economist, Observer, Guardian, Washington Post, Lit Hub, TIME magazine, Irish Times, The Oldie, Daily Mail, i Paper, Independent, The Standard, The Times, Kirkus, Daily Express, City A.M. From one of our greatest comic novelists and the author of Skippy Dies comes a funny, thought-provoking story of one family desperately clinging on as their world falls apart . . .
'A tragicomic triumph. You won't read a sadder, truer, funnier novel this year' GuardianThe Barnes family is in trouble. Dickie's once-lucrative car business is going under - but rather than face the music, he's spending his days in the woods, building an apocalypse-proof bunker with a renegade handyman.
His wife Imelda is selling off her jewellery on eBay while their teenage daughter Cass, formerly top of her class, seems determined to binge-drink her way to her final exams. And twelve-year-old PJ is putting the final touches to his grand plan to run away from home.
Where did it all go wrong? A patch of ice on the tarmac, a casual favour to a charming stranger, a bee caught beneath a bridal veil?Can a single moment of bad luck change the direction of a life? And if the story has already been written - is there still time to find a happy ending?â€˜The finest novel that Murray has yet written . . . will surely be one of the books of 2023â€™ Sunday Independent'Murray is a natural storyteller . . . Ambitious, expansive, hugely entertaining tragicomic fiction' Irish Times'It's a thing of beauty, a novel that will fill your heart' Observerâ€˜Generous, immersive, sharp-witted and devastating . . . a triumphâ€™ Financial Timesâ€˜It's been compared to Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections; I'd argue it's betterâ€™ Daily Mail