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All Names Have Been Changed is set in Dublin in the mid-1980s – a city in the grip of recession and a heroin epidemic. Narrated by Declan, the only boy of a tight-knit writing group at Trinity College, it tells of their fascination with the formidably talented but troubled writer Glynn, and the darkly exhilarating journey this leads them on.
Brilliantly exploring the shifting group dynamic, and offering a unique insight into the pursuit of the creative life – with all its energy and demons, its moments of artistic elation and defeat – this is a novel of considerable verve. Following earlier forays into the worlds of art restoration and classical music, it is further evidence of Claire Kilroy’s natural gift for narrative, atmosphere and character.
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