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The Wild Laughter


by Caoilinn Hughes

‘Extraordinary… A book of wicked intelligence and tender heart.’ – Max Porter, author of Lanny

‘I loved this book. So funny and bleak. I loved the madness, the tone, the ending, the realisation, The Third Policeman charge of the whole thing.’ – Roddy Doyle, Booker Prize-winning author of The Commitments

The Wild Laughter

It’s 2008, and the Celtic Tiger has left devastation in its wake. Brothers Hart and Cormac Black are waking up to a very different Ireland – one that widens the chasm between them and brings their beloved father to his knees. Facing a devastating choice that risks their livelihood, if not their lives, their biggest danger comes when there is nothing to lose.

A sharp snapshot of a family and a nation suddenly unmoored, this epic-in-miniature explores cowardice and sacrifice, faith rewarded and abandoned, the stories we tell ourselves and the ones we resist. Hilarious, poignant and utterly fresh, The Wild Laughter cements Caoilinn Hughes’ position as one of Ireland’s most audacious, nuanced and insightful young writers.

About the Author

Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer. Her latest novel, THE WILD LAUGHTER (2020) was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards’ Novel of the Year 2020 and the RTE Listeners’ Choice Award, and is currently longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her debut novel, ORCHID & THE WASP (2018) won the Collyer Bristow Prize 2019 and was a finalist for four other prizes. Her poetry collection GATHERING EVIDENCE (Carcanet Press 2014) won The Irish Times Strong/Shine Award 2015. Her short stories have won the An Post Irish Book Awards’ Story of the Year 2020, The Moth Short Story Prize 2018 and an O.Henry Prize in 2019. She is the 2021 Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.

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Weight 0.45 kg
Dimensions 13 × 3.5 × 19.7 cm

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