Fiction Gough, Julian Juno and Juliet

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Juno and Juliet

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A perfect slice of page-turning, intelligent escapism – a romantic comedy with a positively Shakespearean comic ending.

‘Juno & Juliet’ has twin blonde sisters, eighteen, arriving at university in Galway from their Tipperary home (and going back home for a classic drunken Christmas holiday reunion with their schoolmates), and sets each off on a romantic odyssey…

‘Juno & Juliet’ is a lovely, cheering entertainment, drenched in goodwill and romance. It has star-cross’d lovers, dire student drama, bad acid trips, amusing musings on the New Ireland, excruciating family dinners, a stalker, poison-pen letters; all sorts. Above all, it’s a happy book, with an unashamedly happy ending.

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‘Utterly charming and hilarious.’ Sunday Independent

‘A love story that is funny and down to earth, full of optimism and life.’ Eithne Farry, Irish Post

‘Achieves that all-too-rare synthesis of piercing observation and the feelgood factor…A modern, at times brilliant reworking of the classical fairy tale, with nods to Shakespeare, Austen and Beckett, Gough’s novel is an intelligent look at the magical banality of student life.’ Literary Review

‘Julian Gough has an outstanding talent for comic scenes and for an evocation of balmy good nature.’ Observer

‘This funny first novel captures that sense of freedom that the first move away from the family home brings with it. “I was in love with our view of Galway from our flat, I was in love with buying Brillo pads,” Juliet enthuses…Unashamedly happy.’ The Times

‘Guaranteed to make both literary luvvies and light readers melt…intelligent and deliciously dry, Gough’s sparkling words can’t fail to make you sit up, listen and laugh.’ Glamour

From the Back Cover:

'At the time I didn't believe in love. Juno believed in love. Believing in it didn't protect her. Not believing in it didn't protect me. It was an interesting year. This is the story of it.'

Galway. It's a long way to Tipperary, if your eighteen, blonde and one of a pair of twins eager to learn about everything that life, especially college life in Galway, has to offer.

So, when Juno and Juliet Taylor start their first year at university together, disappointment reaches up and tugs them down as all around they encounter a failure of enthusiasm. Yet soon they're inching their way back up again – there's the drunken antics of the theatre; there's cute, sly, kind Michael; and there's the pure passion, pure helium inspiration of the most wonderful of teachers, David Hennessey. And then again, there's also the stalker, with his poison pen letters; there's trips home and trips into inner-space; there's unrequited love and misconsummated love; and there's an easy death. There's almost too much of everything, too much for these twins to handle. But then perhaps the incomparable Mr. Hennessey can help bear the load?

'Juno and Juliet' is a happy book, and if that isn't rare enough in itself, its also a very funny one. Combining the two is so rare a skill that it should guarantee Julian Gough – whose very first book this is – gives his readers pleasures like those here for years to come.

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