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John the Revelator

Peter Murphy

‘So fresh, so original and disturbing and brave … it’s an absolutely wonderful book.’ Colm Tóibín

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ISBN
9780571250837
Date Published
05.02.2009
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Summary

A universal story of love, family and betrayal, John the Revelator is narrated in the compelling voice of an introverted, watchful adolescent, John Devine. Stuck in a small town, worried over by his single mother – the chain-smoking, bible-quoting Lily – and the gregarious but sinister Mrs Nagle, he yearns for escape. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy-wonder, arrives in town, John’s life suddenly fills with possibilities – welcome and otherwise – and as he hides from the reality of his mother’s ever-worsening health, he is faced with a terrible dilemma.

Brilliantly evoking all the frustrations and pent-up energy of a parochial adolescence, John the Revelator also gradually becomes the story of Lily herself, and the secrets of her past. Suffused with eerie imagery, black humour and told in hypnotic prose, John the Revelator is a novel to fall in love with.

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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…

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