The Thrill of it All

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9780099481539: The Thrill of it All

The new novel from the bestselling author of Ghostlight and Star of the Sea
   The latest novel from Joseph O'Connor is set mainly in England (Luton and London), Ireland and the US. It deals with the formation of a band in the early 80's, their struggle for recognition, playing low dives, living in transit vans etc followed by worldwide success, then the inevitable "artistic differences". The band get together years later in the present day to play a big benefit concert in Dublin for the guitarist, who is critically ill.
   The book is wonderfully entertaining, insightful into the world of pop music and often extremely funny.

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JOSEPH O'CONNOR was born in Dublin. His novels include Cowboys and Indians (Whitbread Prize shortlist), Star of the Sea (Irish Post Award for Fiction, France's Prix Millepages, Prix Madeleine Zepter for European Novel of the Year), Redemption Falls, and Ghost Light (Dublin One City One Book Novel, 2011). In 2012 he won the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature. His work has been published in thirty-five languages.

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"Joseph O'Connor's The Thrill of it All uses layered narrative textures with both serious skill and engaging lightness so that the core drama emerges with clarity and wit." -- Colm Toibin Observer, Books of the Year, 2014 "Occasionally, you read a sentence that you know couldn't be bettered: Joseph O'Connor's new novel is jam-packed with such sentences - paragraph after paragraph of brilliance" Guardian "O'Connor at his playful and narrative best... shot through with electricity, packed with sentences that send you spinning, full of joy and sadness and swerve. This was a book to make my tired heart soar. Of all the Irish writers working today, Joe O'Connor speaks better than anyone of what is genuine, what is necessary, and what is ennobling. A thrill indeed." -- Colum McCann, winner of the US National Book Award and the Impac Award "[O'Connor] is warm without being sentimental, and he cuts effortlessly between comedy and tragedy. Music nerds will love the most satisfyingly voluminous playlists since High Fidelity" -- Kate Saunders The Times "A novel about music, family and friendship...O'Connor brilliantly evokes the 1980s... This novel is shot through with humour, patois and all the human contradictions that make the characters truly memorable." Mail on Sunday

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