Date: 2 November 2016
Tickets via Eventbrite: €5 / €3 | Tickets on the door: €7
(glass of wine included)
The Irish Times Book Club in association with the Irish Writers Centre present:
Martin John – Anakana Schofield in conversation with Laura Slattery and the Irish Times Book Club
Utterly brilliant . . . bleakly hilarious, incredibly painful and one of the most formally exciting books around. — Eimear McBride
About the book
Martin John must put a stop to it. They have an agreement, he and Mam. Get out to Aunty Noanie on Wednesday. Stop talking rubbish. Don’t go near the buses and don’t go down on the Tube. Keep yourself on the outside. Get a job at night. Get a job at night or else I’ll come for ya.
But Martin John can’t stop. Meddlers are interrupting him and Martin John doesn’t like Meddlers. If he’s interrupted he can’t complete his circuits; if he can’t complete his circuits, bad things may happen. That’s a fact.
Written with all the electrifying humour of her award-winning debut Malarky, exhibiting a startling grasp of the loops and obsessions of a molester’s mind, Martin John is a testament to Anakana Schofield’s skill and audacity—and stands as a brilliant, Beckettian exploration of a man’s long slide into deviancy.
About the author
Anakana Schofield won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction in 2013 for her debut novel Malarky. Malarky was also nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and named on many Best Book of the Year lists for 2012 and 2013. Martin John, her critically acclaimed second novel, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Schofield contributes criticism and essays to the London Review of Books Blog, The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Globe and Mail and more.
- This event will be recorded in front of a live audience for the Irish Times Book Club podcast so please arrive promptly.
- Whether you've read the book or not, come along on the 2nd and join in the conversation. The book will also be available for purchase at the event.
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