“Declan Burke is his own genre. The Lammisters dazzles, beguiles and transcends. Virtuoso from start to finish.” – Eoin McNamee “This bourbon-smooth riot of jazz-age excess, high satire and Wodehouse flamboyance is a pitch-perfect bullseye of comic brilliance.” – Irish Independent Books of the Year 2019 “This rapid-fire novel deserves a place on any bookshelf that grants asylum to PG Wodehouse, Flann O’Brien or Kyril Bonfiglioli.” – Eoin Colfer, Guardian Best Books of the Year 2019 “The funniest book of the year.” – Sunday Independent “Declan Burke is one funny bastard. The Lammisters ... conducts a forensic analysis on the anatomy of a story.” – Liz Nugent “Burke’s exuberant prose takes centre stage … He plays with language like a jazz soloist stretching the boundaries of musical theory.” – Totally Dublin “A mega-meta smorgasbord of inventive language ... linguistic verve not just on every page but every line.Irish Times “Above all, The Lammisters gives the impression of a writer enjoying himself. And so, dear reader, should you.” – Sunday Times “A triumph of absurdity, which burlesques the literary canon from Shakespeare, Pope and Austen to Flann O’Brien … The Lammisters is very clever indeed.” – The Guardian

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Weekly Seamus Smyth Update: Some Streets Are Meaner Than Others

Yep, we managed to track down Irish crime fiction's JD Salinger last week ... the story with Quinn (a hardboiled lost classic, folks - think Paul Cain's Fast One transplanted to '90s Dublin) is that the publishers managed to screw up its potential (quelle surprise, eh?), which included no less than seven bona fide movie offers. "By turns exciting, intriguing and horrifying, the book never fails to keep you hooked," claims this reader's review (scroll down), which is only one reason why we're starting a campaign to get Quinn republished (see sidebar, right). Stay tuned for a Seamus Smyth Q&A and some kind of petition flummery in the weeks to come ...

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