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.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Pleasant Tally Monday

Well, the votes are tallied, and the winner has been announced: Derek Landy’s SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT has won the ‘Irish Book of the Decade’ award. No mean feat, when you consider that the novel was up against the likes of John Banville, John Connolly, Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry, to name but a few. And pretty damn amazing, to be frank about it, when you consider that Landy’s novel is a YA title featuring a dead / skeletal private eye. A hat-tip to Irish Publishing News for the nod …


kevin said...

I think my youngest daughter scoured the graveyards and voted on behalf of the dead for Skulduggery. Certainly she voted on behalf of her sister, myself and my wife!

Seriously, my daughter and her classmates love the series. From what little I've read of them (though I've had the plots recounted more than I care to recall)they are far more vigorous and violent (in a good way) than the H Potter novels (for example), which neither of my daughters could abide. Fair play to fellow Fingal writers!

Kevin McCarthy

bookwitch said...

My interview with Derek is the most read post on Bookwitch. Very keen fans. The girls all want to audition for the part of Valkyrie in the film.

Declan Burke said...

Skulduggery Pleasant was terrific fun, I really enjoyed it ... Haven't caught up with any further episodes, though. Is it worth my while?

Cheers, Dec