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This is the Way by Gavin Corbett
  

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With the voice of Anthony Sonaghan - a modern-day Traveller born to a powerful, mythic inheritance - Gavin Corbett summons a world we thought we knew as we have not seen or heard it before.

Synopsis

This is the Way by Gavin Corbett

'There I was now. In a room, a tidy room, tidier than any room I been in before. The bed was hard. The walls they gave no sound. A heavy window thumped itself shut. Good I says. Peace I says.' Anthony, the son of a Sonaghan father and a Gillaroo mother, is descended from two families whose enmity is a matter of legend. Though he belongs to a storytelling tradition, Anthony has grown up away from his people, and is only dimly aware of their disputes. That is until the blood feud touches him, and he comes to Dublin to lie low. His time in the city is a reckoning. Only there does he appreciate the strength of his heritage but also its otherness. In an unforgettable feat of imposture, Gavin Corbett has found a startling idiom - vivid and innocent - with which to speak for Anthony and that other, Travelling world.

Reviews

'A troubling, mysterious, demanding and beautiful book, narrated in a voice unlike any I have encountered in fiction. Corbett knows what he's doing: every sentence throbs with power.'
Emma Donoghue, author of 'Room'

'A writer with the rigorous introspection of James Kelman, mediated by the compassion of Raymond Carver and the visceral imagination of Alan Warner. Yes, and a hearty measure of Flann O'Brien besides. But the hell with the antecedents: the man is an original, with a bridge to the world of first things he's fashioned for himself.'
James Meek, author of 'The People's Act of Love'

'Every now and then a voice comes along to reinvigorate the language and the way we 'music' our world. Gavin Corbett's This is the Way is one of those books ... Honest, funny, brave, unsentimental.'

Colum McCann, author of 'Let the Great World Spin'

'A wonderful new voice.'
Joseph O'Neill, author of 'Netherland'

'In This is the Way, Gavin Corbett plays a dangerous game, but he plays it very well indeed, venturing into the territory of the unsayable with nods to Beckett and Flann O'Brien on the way, but all in his own compelling style.'
John Burnside, author of 'Black Cat Bone'

'The voice is brilliant. It is tender and true, arcane and elevated. It holds the past and present in a single visionary gaze. This is not only a wonderful book, it is a book about wonders.'
Eoin McNamee, author of 'Resurrection Man' and 'The Blue Tango'

'This Is The Way is both a topical and timeless story of identity, rivalry and survival. Through a brilliantly imagined narrator consumed by his family history, Corbett’s becomes a refreshing and relevant literary voice.' Felicity Capon, The Telegraph

About the Author

Gavin Corbett was born in the west of Ireland and raised in Dublin, where he studied History at Trinity College. He lives in New York.

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Book Info

Publication date

31st January 2013

Author

Gavin Corbett

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780007475964

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