By Patrick McCabe
When Malachy Dudgeon and Raphael Bell meet, they develop into inextricably engaged in a macabre dating which proves deadly to their fortunes and their sanity.
Malachy Dudgeon has escaped the distress and insanity of his early life domestic and landed a task within the most famed institution in Dublin. The headmaster, Raphael Bell, has triumph over his personal tragedies to forge a version career.
‘The most sensible Irish novel of the decade’
'McCabe could make you howl on the darkest antics . . . He by no means units a foot – or syllable – incorrect. His novel is demise on a laugh-support computer. Stupendous.’
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‘Raphael, the nice headmaster, is a marvellous construction . . . McCabe has a attraction as a storyteller that is all his own’
‘Exhilarating. studying the distilled gouts of realization which pour from the minds of those characters is like being trapped on an enormous dipper with articulate maniacs . . . Horribly funny’
‘An appallingly shaggy dog story . . . horribly memorable’
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