“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

We Like To Call Her Elsa: Siobhan Dowd Crowned Sunday Times Literary Lion

Three cheers, two stools and a resounding huzzah for Siobhan Dowd (right), nominated a 'literary lion for the future' in yesterday's Sunday Times on the basis of A Swift Pure Cry, which also scooped the Eilis Dillon award at last week's CBI Bisto Book of the Year Awards. The novel is set in Ireland in the 1980s and based on the unsolved 'Kerry babies' case and the tragic death of Ann Lovett, an Irish teenager who died giving birth in squalid circumstances. See Siobhan in person at the Children's Books Ireland Summer School for Adults on May 26th and 27th, where she's scheduled to give a talk on "Notions of Nationhood" at Sunday's closing session in Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2. Or you could just sit there and read an extract from the novel. Don't worry, we won't judge you ...

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