John the Revelator

Peter Murphy
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ISBN 9780571240203 Format Paperback
Published 05/02/2009 Length 272 pages

About Book

Stuck in a small town, worried over by his single mother - the chain-smoking, bible-quoting Lily - and the 'neighbourly' Mrs Nagle, John Devine yearns for escape. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town John's life suddenly seems to be full of possibility. But together their nose for trouble may be their undoing and, as John hides from the reality of his mother's ever-worsening health, he is soon faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Brilliantly evoking all the frustrations and pent-up energy of a small-town adolescence, it also gradually becomes the story of Lily herself, and the secrets of her past. Suffused with eerie imagery, black humour and hypnotic prose, John the Revelator is a novel to fall in love with.
  • About Peter Murphy

    Peter Murphy's 2009 novel John the Revelator was one of the most acclaimed Irish debuts of recent years, hailed as 'an absolutely wonderful novel' by Colm Toibin and 'a brilliant book' by Neil Jordan, it was shorltisted for both the Costa First Novel Award and the Kerry Group Prize for Fiction. He is also a freelance journalist and reporter for RTE's arts review show The Works. /

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