John the Revelator

by Peter Murphy

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Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2009.

 

Costa Book Awards 2009 Judges' comment: "An original and sensitive exploration of adolescence - elegantly and beautifully written."

John the Revelator Synopsis

Stuck in a small town, worried over by his single mother - the chain-smoking, bible-quoting Lily - and the 'neighbourly' Mrs Nagle, John Devine yearns for escape. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town John's life suddenly seems to be full of possibility. But together their nose for trouble may be their undoing and, as John hides from the reality of his mother's ever-worsening health, he is soon faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Brilliantly evoking all the frustrations and pent-up energy of a small-town adolescence, it also gradually becomes the story of Lily herself, and the secrets of her past. Suffused with eerie imagery, black humour and hypnotic prose, John the Revelator is a novel to fall in love with.

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ISBN: 9780571240210
Publication date: 03/09/2009
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571240210
Publication date: 3rd September 2009
Author: Peter Murphy
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy is a senior writer for Dublin's Hot Press, and has contributed to Rolling Stone and Music Week. He is also a regular guest on RTE's arts review show The View, and has contributed liner notes to the forthcoming remastered edition of the Anthology of American Folk Music. He lives in Dublin.

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