“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

Monday, November 5, 2018

Event: ‘Being New York, Being Irish’ at Hodges Figgis

Edited by Terry Golway, BEING NEW YORK, BEING IRISH (Irish Academic Press) is subtitled ‘Reflections on Twenty-Five Years of Irish America and New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House’. The book will be launched at Hodges Figgis on Thursday, November 8th, at 6.30pm, with John Connolly as special guest speaker.
  Glucksman Ireland House has long been a staunch supporter of Irish crime writing, not least due to the good works of Dr John Waters and the inimitable Joe Long, among others. A particularly fond memory is the launch of DOWN THESE GREEN STREETS at Glucksman Ireland House in 2011, which involved John Connolly, Alex Barclay, Arlene Hunt, Declan Hughes and Colin Bateman, and which – being frank – was a surreal experience for yours truly.
  Anyway, Thursday night should be a fascinating event at Hodges Figgis – if you’re in the vicinity, do drop by …

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