Kevin Power - Author

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Kevin Power attended University College, Dublin, and lives in Dublin.   He was shortlisted in 2007 for RTE's Francis McManus Award.  He is in his late twenties and this is his first novel.

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Bad Day in Blackrock

Bad Day in Blackrock

Author: Kevin Power Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2010

  July 2010 Debut of the Month.   This is not a who-dunit but a why and how.  It concerns the death of a teenager outside a Dublin night club.  What makes this special is the dissection of all involved for this is no gangland or deprived youth crime but one perpetrated by privileged private school boys.  Probing the affected families and their society is masterfully done.  An impressive first novel. Comparison: Neil Cross, Jo-Anne Goodwin, Chris Cleave.

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The Written World

The Written World

Author: Kevin Power Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2022

Art honours the world, and criticism honours art, even - perhaps especially - when the critic sets out to destroy. The bad review is hardly ever written out of mere spite. In most cases, the motivation is disappointed idealism. Critics are people who love art and who hate to see it traduced. Hence the critic's sempiternal cry: You're doing it wrong. What the critic wants is for you to do it better. Since 2008, acclaimed novelist Kevin Power has reviewed almost three hundred and fifty books. Power declares, 'Even now, cracking open a brand-new hardback with my pencil in my hand, I feel the same pleasure, and the same hope. That's the great secret: every critic is an optimist at heart.' Art that thinks and feels at the same time - 'good art' - requires explication. The writing of criticism in response to such art is an activity that has taken place since Aristotle first sat down to figure out what made tragedy work. It is in the pursuit of this question - what makes good art 'good' - that Kevin Power found his vocation. During a ten-year stint as a regular freelance reviewer for the Sunday Business Post, Power fell in love with the writing of criticism, and with the reading of it, too, particularly by talented novelists who review books on the side. His conclusion is that criticism is absolutely an art. But it is never more so than when practiced by an actual artist. These pieces, ranging from reviews of Susan Sontag to the meaning of Greta Thunberg, apocalyptic politics, and literary theory, represent a decade's worth of thinking about books; a record of the author's attempts to honour art, and through art, the world. In You're Doing It Wrong, Power explains how he became a critic and what he thinks criticism is. It begins and ends with a long personal essays, 'The Lost Decade', written especially for this collection, about his mental and writing block after publishing Bad Day in Blackrock and his decade-long journey to White City. The pieces gathered by Power are connected by a theme - this is a book about writing, seen from various positions, and about growth as an artist and a critic.

White City

White City

Author: Kevin Power Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/04/2021

From the highly acclaimed author of Bad Day in Blackrock - inspiration for the 2012 award-winning film What Richard Did, directed by Lenny Abrahamson... Shortlisted for the 2021 An Post Irish Book Awards Eason Novel of the Year... A darkly funny, gripping and profoundly moving novel about a life spinning out of control, a life live without the bedrock of familial love, and the corruption of material wealth that tears at the soul. 'It was my father's arrest that brought me here, although you could certainly say that I took the scenic route.' Here is rehab, where Ben - the only son of a rich South Dublin banker - is piecing together the shattered remains of his life. Abruptly cut off, at the age of 27, from a life of heedless privilege, Ben flounders through a world of drugs and dead-end jobs, his self-esteem at rock bottom. Even his once-adoring girlfriend, Clio, is at the end of her tether. Then Ben runs into an old school friend who wants to cut him in on a scam: a shady property deal in the Balkans. The deal will make Ben rich and, at one fell swoop, will deliver him from all his troubles: his addictions, his father's very public disgrace, and his own self-loathing and regret. Problems solved. But something is amiss. For one thing, the Serbian partners don't exactly look like fools. (In fact they look like gangsters.) And, for another, Ben is being followed everywhere he goes. Someone is being taken for a ride. But who? Praise for White City: 'I can't recommend it enough. It's often hilariously funny but it's also a sharp and smart dissection of contemporary materialism' John Boyne, author of The Heart's Invisible Furies 'An immensely enjoyable and tautly written account of a young man from an affluent family whose life of privilege is turned upside down' Sunday Times 'Spiky, blackly funny novel that offers an incisive study on class, entitlement and masculinity' Independent 'Capacious and comic, luxuriantly written, with an intricate plot and heightened characterisation... both riotous rant and thoughtful coming-of-age tale' Dublin Review of Books 'Outstanding second novel... A brilliantly entertaining novel that is profound in the most unexpected ways. Power is that rarity, a genuinely funny novelist... Yet all the more remarkable is Power's handling of tone: this novel moves effortlessly between humour and sincerity; it is steeped in empathy and raw anger' Literary Review 'White City is likely to be the most solid, well-rounded novel to come out of Ireland this year... At once a pacy page-turner with a nerve-frazzling plot and a realistic and haunting tale of our interconnected world... White City is an all-round superb book that will stay with you long after the inevitable binge read' Irish Independent 'White City synthesises familiar forms into a whole: the rogue's confession, the young man finding his way, the post-Celtic Tiger satire on puffed-up, self-perpetuating bullshit businesses... Power shows his own capacity for comic timing and pithy apercus' Guardian ' An extremely funny book... Kevin Power shows his chops as a proper heavyweight novelist. Unequivocally one of the most purely enjoyable books, in the classic-novel sense... a zinger on every page' Peter Murphy, Arena (RTE Radio 1) '[A] sprawling social satire of the sort we seldom see in Irish fiction... a tremendously zesty and zeitgeisty piece of writing' Sunday Times (Ireland) '[T]his dark caper evolves to ask searching moral questions... with its 11th-hour twist, this ambitious, attention-grabbing novel seems ripe for cinematic adaptation' Daily Mail 'Kevin Power's Bad Day in Blackrock (2008) was one of the most memorable Irish novels of the new century... White City has passages of striking lyrical subtlety and the different storylines are managed with great dexterity. Much has changed in Ireland since Bad Day in Blackrock was published, but as Power's adept and absorbing new novel reminds us, much has not. White City demands to be read' Irish Times 'A fast-paced and wickedly funny novel. Hugely entertaining. White City grabbed me from the opening pages and didn't let go' Danielle McLaughlin, author of The Art of Falling 'Wild and beautiful, a whole addictive and breathlessly compelling world squeezed between these covers... A magnificent novel from a writer who is soaring to the most spectacular heights' Billy O'Callaghan, author of Life Sentences 'White City is a dark, hilarious and emotionally profound study of the toxic effects of greed and entitlement. Also, a story brilliantly and movingly told. Couldn't stop reading it. Will read it again' Ed O'Loughlin, author of Not Untrue and Not Unkind '[A] biting page-turner... Power's writing is both strong and savage' John Walshe, The Business Post ''Funny, and gorgeously written, and just relentlessly entertaining' Mark O'Connell, author of Notes from an Apocalypse 'This is part thriller but mostly a look at what it means to grow up... This novel is pleasing on so many levels, both intellectually & emotionally... You'll laugh, you'll cry... Read it, read it, read it' Claire Hennessy, author, editor & publisher at Banshee Press 'The kind of novel that makes writers jealous and readers cancel all their plans to finish it. As a commentary on the classless contemporary upper class, it's cutting and hilarious; as a portrait of the artist as a young man waylaid by his membership in that class, it's profound, unpretentious, unapologetically intelligent, and, again, really hilarious' Lauren Oyler, author of Fake Accounts 'White City is brilliant on the high-octane vacuity of Ireland's rentier class. Power's trademark shimmering prose counterpoints a driving narrative... Brilliant' Eoin McNamee, author of Resurrection Man and The Blue Tango

Acute and Chronic Changes in Neural Excitability During Physical Activity in Non-Pathological States

Acute and Chronic Changes in Neural Excitability During Physical Activity in Non-Pathological States

Author: Kevin Power Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2020

Acute and Chronic Changes in Neural Excitability During Physical Activity in Non-Pathological States by Kevin Power

Die letzte Nacht des Sommers

Die letzte Nacht des Sommers

Author: Kevin Power Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/02/2018

ALLE KENNEN DIE MORDER. KEINER IHR MOTIV. AUCH SIE SELBST NICHT.In der letzten Nacht des Sommers wird ein Student vor einem Club in Dublin getotet. Seine Morder kannte er seit vielen Jahren: Sie waren zusammen in der Schule, haben Rugby gespielt, mit Madchen geflirtet, das College besucht.Der Erzahler erforscht das Leben der vier Studenten, ihrer Freundinnen, er grabt in der Vergangenheit und spricht mit den Eltern, den Rugbytrainern, Lehrern und Priestern. Auf der Suche nach dem Warum nahert er sich der Nacht aus immer neuen Perspektiven und lasst eine unerhorte psychologische Spannung entstehen.Inspiriert von einer wahren Geschichte, hat das Buch in Irland bei Erscheinen fur erheblichen Wirbel gesorgt.

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