Mondo Desperado: A Serial Novel (US)

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You wouldn't expect to find a mature woman of twenty-eight years of age mixed up with a bunch of swingers in a small town like Barntrosna. But that's exactly what happened according to Walter Bunyan. And he should know, she was his wife. As for Declan Coyningham - there wasn't a holier boy in all of Barntrosna - you couldn't move in town without finding a bit of him in your path or under a hedge. And what exactly did come over Noreen Tiernan that made her shriek to wake the dead as she left the main street of the village in a Morris Minor all decked in pink and blue?

Patrick McCabe's prose is as brilliantly macabre as ever. In scenes of disarming inventiveness, Mondo Desperado will make you howl with laughter from first unnerving page to last.

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You wouldn't expect to find a 28-year-old mature woman mixed up with a bunch of swingers in a small town like Barntosna. But that's exactly what happened according to Walter Bunyan. She was his wife. Then there's Declan Coyningham and Noreen Tiernan. They all feature in this short story volume.

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You may not have heard of Irish author Phildy Hackball, but now thanks to the blind faith of "an ingenue of an English publisher who had never been in Ireland before", you're about to get your chance. Hackball, who hails from Barntrosna, and who seems rarely to have ventured much past Barntrosna, has compiled for our delectation a collection of short stories which explore the underbelly of his provincial smalltown life. And what an underbelly. There's Cora Bunyan, his wife--or she was until he realised she'd been enjoying Hot Nights at the Go-Go Lounge. There's Declan Coyningham, "definitely the holiest" boy, who seems headed for a life in the church, until the local boys decide his inflated prospects need inflating further (literally). There's the actual Bruce Lee himself, who visits Hackball so he can write his Bruce Lee and Me although some would have it that he's just a waiter from the Red Lotus Temple restaurant in Mullingar.

Patrick MacCabe's follow-up to Booker shortlisted Breakfast on Pluto confirms him as one of Ireland's most distinctive and inimitable voices. His stories seem to emanate from some parallel universe, but in their own diseased take on national stereotypes, they provide an incisive, viciously cruel commentary on some of Ireland's most sacred cows. Phildy Hackball is a wonderfully naive drinking companion, forever leading us up the wrong alleyway. Every time you think you're safely at home, another satiric grenade goes off in your face. Read, laugh and be afraid. This is Father Ted on acid. -- Alan Stewart

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