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The Fields by Kevin Maher
  

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Dublin in the 1980s and Jim Finnegan, only boy among five sisters, falls in love, is abused, questions life and loses his innocence. This tackles some very meaty and disturbing issues as the teenager faces the disasters of growing up with a huge amount of optimism. Dark in subject matter it is light in tone and quite ridiculously funny in parts. Highly recommended.

If you like Kevin Maher you might also like to read books by Gavin Extence, Paul Burke and Roddy Doyle.

Synopsis

The Fields by Kevin Maher

We'd never seen anything like that around our place before. Not right in front of our eyes. You always heard about it, though. Through friends of friends. Or when The Mothers got together for coffee mornings. They'd sit around in a steamy kitchen circle like four mad witches, and dip ginger-snaps into Maxwell House until they went wobbly-warm, and take turns at saying, Jahear about so-and-so, Lord rest his soul, only thirty years old, poor creature?! They were brilliant at it. Scaring the shite out of each other, grinning inside. Jim Finnegan is thirteen years old and life in his world consists of dealing with the helter-skelter intensity of his rumbustious family, taking breakneck bike rides with his best friend, and coveting the local girls from afar - until one day when everything changes.

Reviews

The Fields introduces Jim Finnegan, the youngest in his family with five raucous sisters. It has all the energy and fun of Roddy Doyle's early novels...but then Jim meets the local beauty, Saidhbh, and things take a turn for the modern - Independent on Sunday's Pick of 2013

Dublin in the 1980s - our hero Jim Finnegan, youngest in a family with five sisters, has his life changed by love and the challenges he faces at the hands of 'Father'. Funny, inventive debut. - The Times Culture picks for 2013

About the Author

Kevin Maher was born and brought up in Dublin, moving to London in 1994 to begin a career in journalism. He wrote for the Guardian, the Observer and Time Out and was film editor of the Face until 2002, before joining The Times where for the last eight years he has been a feature writer, critic and columnist.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd January 2014

Author

Kevin Maher

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780349138671

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