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From the highly acclaimed author of Bad Day in Blackrock - inspiration for the 2012 award-winning film What Richard Did, directed by Lenny Abrahamson....

Shortlisted for the 2021 An Post Irish Book Awards Eason Novel of the Year....

A darkly funny, gripping and profoundly moving novel about a life spinning out of control, a life live without the bedrock of familial love, and the corruption of material wealth that tears at the soul.

‘It was my father’s arrest that brought me here, although you could certainly say that I took the scenic route.’

Here is rehab, where Ben - the only son of a rich South Dublin banker - is piecing together the shattered remains of his life. Abruptly cut off, at the age of 27, from a life of heedless privilege, Ben flounders through a world of drugs and dead-end jobs, his self-esteem at rock bottom. Even his once-adoring girlfriend, Clio, is at the end of her tether. Then Ben runs into an old school friend who wants to cut him in on a scam: a shady property deal in the Balkans. The deal will make Ben rich and, at one fell swoop, will deliver him from all his troubles: his addictions, his father’s very public disgrace, and his own self-loathing and regret. Problems solved.

But something is amiss. For one thing, the Serbian partners don’t exactly look like fools. (In fact they look like gangsters.) And, for another, Ben is being followed everywhere he goes. Someone is being taken for a ride. But who?

©2021 Kevin Power (P)2021 Simon & Schuster UK

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Excellent. Highly recommend.

Money is at the root of all evil. This book is a great insight into the entitled, arrogant arse holes in Ireland and beyond who think nothing of walking all over other people to get what they want. Laughed out loud in some parts too 😄

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really enjoyed this

Good story kept my attention very well written. The narrator was perfect, so believable, I recommend this book!

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Pure sh*te

How this is being lauded is beyond me, total egotistical drivel, same as his last book! Don’t waste your time!

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Not very engaging

I struggled to finish this book! The narrative does a great job of representing the different characters but I found the story very drawn out and tedious. The plot twist was good at the end.

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A presentation of a rhetorician

Over the course of a long weekend I dived into what I can only describe now as a story of even the “most caustic bouts of self recrimination” and though not my usual genre to sequester with over a weekend I was not left wanting. Power’s insight into the “stubborn musings” of the upper class leaves no doubt in this novel. A fun ride through the oxonian beliefs of a trouble protagonist in an epigrammatic and concise style keeping the reader, in my case, very much awake! 8/10 - worth the credit!

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Loved it !!!

Really great modern Irish read. Written well, sad , tragic and funny. would highly recommed it

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Excellent read

A wonderful thought provoking read, lots of twists and turn all blended together
The language in it is beautiful .

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