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Carry Me Down M.J. Hyland

Carry Me Down By M.J. Hyland

Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland

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Ireland, 1971, John Egan is a misfit, 'a twelve year old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant who insists on the ridiculous truth'.

Carry Me Down Summary

Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland

Ireland, 1971, John Egan is a misfit, 'a twelve year old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant who insists on the ridiculous truth'. With an obsession for the Guinness Book of Records and faith in his ability to detect when adults are lying, John remains hopeful despite the unfortunate cards life deals him. During one year in John's life, from his voice breaking, through the breaking-up of his home life, to the near collapse of his sanity, we witness the gradual unsticking of John's mind, and the trouble that creates for him and his family.

Carry Me Down Reviews

This is a gripping read. Hyland has a unique and compelling style. * * Irish Independent * *
Expressively communicating the stagnant mood of 1970s Ireland, Hyland's disquieting novel is also feverishly alert to childhood's bewilderments and sensitively articulates the strange osmosis between the mundane and the otherwordly that enriches the narrator's wonky perceptions of humanity. * * The Sunday Times * *
It is difficult to combine realism and surreal interludes in a single narrative structure, but Hyland manages this effortlessly in what is only her second novel...The most contemporary writer she most brings to mind is AL Kennedy. They share a fondness for quietly, relentlessly shocking the reader....a fictional, exaggerated, but ultimately winning version of every adolescent who ever hesitated nervously on the threshold of the adult world. * * The Daily Telegraph * *
Carry Me Down is uncompromising, unputdownable and done with expert lightness. It's a work of discreet brilliance. M.J. Hyland is a truly gifted writer. * * Ali Smith * *

About M.J. Hyland

Prize-winning novelist M J Hyland was awarded the Hawthornden Prize and the Encore prize for her second novel Carry Me Down, and has been appointed to the Centre for New Writing at University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Creative Writing. Carry Me Down, which charts a year in the profoundly troubled family life of twelve-year-old John Egan in early 1970s Ireland, was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Her work has been acclaimed by the likes of Ali Smith, Hilary Mantel and J M Coetzee, who commented, 'This is fiction writing of the highest order.'

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Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland
Used - Very Good
Canongate Books Ltd
Short-listed for The Man Booker Prize 2006 (UK)
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