Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Banville Vs Edwards: Peace Busts Out All Over, Unfortunately

Sad as it is to relate, folks, it seems that John Banville and Ruth Dudley Edwards (right) have run out of toys to throw out of the pram and are now doing a babes-in-arms gig. Just this morning a white-haired gentleman stepped out of a helicopter on the CAP Towers helipad brandishing the following missive:
“PEACE BREAKS OUT. Following a cordial private correspondence, John Banville and Ruth Dudley Edwards have kissed, made up and decommissioned their hurleys.”
  Boo, etc. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted …
  Meanwhile, the latest big-up for Cuddly Dudley’s latest opus, OMAGH: THE AFTERMATH comes courtesy of Suzanne Breen in the Sunday Tribune, with the gist running thusly:
“If ever you see cruelty, write it in the sky, and then people won’t stand for it,” an old Kerry woman once told Ruth Dudley Edwards’ brother. The author does so magnificently in her account of the Omagh bombing … Its portrayal of cruelty and suffering is relevant far beyond Ireland. It should be compulsory reading for everyone – terrorists and state forces – contemplating planting, or dropping, a bomb in conflict.”
  For more along those lines, clickety-click here

1 comment:

seana said...

I hope this one makes its way over to the U.S.