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The Third Policeman by Flann O'brien

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Flann O‘Briens classic novel of a surreal and hellish village police force. If you haven’t experienced this novel yet then you must, as you will never read (or listen) to anything like it again. Absolutely brilliant!!

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Read by Jim Norton.

3CDs. 3.5 hours.


The Third Policeman by Flann O'brien

Bleak absurdity, deadpan humour and brilliant inventiveness mark this novel as one of the most important in Irish literature. Set in a disquieting other-world where people can become bicycles and dimensions shift without warning, the novel is footnoted with the extraordinary tale of a philosopher and his obsessed commentators. With a nameless principal character arguing with his rather worldly soul, and set in a place where a wooden leg is an advantage, The Third Policeman is Flann O’Brien's comic, surreal and chilling masterpiece.


“His writing is invariably compared to those other Irish greats, Joyce and Beckett, but for me he is infinitely more accessible and much funnier.” – Sue Arnold, The Guardian

“What fun not to know which direction any sentence will take.” – Christina Hardyment, The Times

About the Author

Flann O'brien

Flann O’Brien was the pseudonym of Brian O'Nolan (5 October 1911 – 1 April 1966). He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman. He also wrote many humorous columns in the Irish Times under the name Myles na gCopaleen.

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Publication date

1st June 2009


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