Galvin’s first book, FAMILY FEUD, was top of the best-seller charts for nearly three months, and the most shoplifted book in Irish publishing history. His third book, CONTRACT WITH CONTROVERSY, is due out early in 2008, and publishers expect to sell 500,000 copies in Ireland and the UK alone.Yes, you read it right – 500,000. He certainly won’t fail for lack of ambition … Oh, and did we mention he’s a magician?
“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.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Renaissance Man Of The Week # 247: Anthony Galvin
Irish true crime specialist Anthony Galvin (right), the author of FAMILY FEUD and the forthcoming CONTRACT WITH CONTROVERSY, has turned his hand to fiction with THE GILLI GILLI MAN – and it’s all in a good cause. Hurrah! Galvin is auctioning off the names of the characters in his thriller in order to raise funds for Fighting Blindness, a charity he’s currently fundraising for by making an assault on Everest as you read. No kidding. You can keep an eye on his loot-generating progress here and have a read of THE GILLI GILLI MAN’s first chapter here. Quoth the official press release: