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Set in Dublin in the 1840s and based on the true story of the murder of a child, this dazzling literary debut - at once a historical novel and crime thriller - will appeal to fans of Andrew Taylor, Andrew Miller and Peter Ackroyd.
Born in Co. Wexford, ANDREW HUGHES was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. A qualified archivist, he worked for RTE before going freelance. It was while researching his acclaimed social history of Fitzwilliam Square - Lives Less Ordinary- Dublin?s Fitzwilliam Square, 1798-1922 - that he first came across the true story of John Delahunt that inspired his debut novel, The Convictions of John Delahunt. Andrew Hughes lives in Dublin.
A quite exceptional novel . . . The world he creates has echoes of
Kafka and Orwell . . . totally convincing. It draws you in like a
trap. * C. J. SANSOM, author of Dissolution and Winter in Madrid
Unputdownable . . . chillingly portrayed . . . a highly sophisticated first novel. * CHARLES PALLISER, author of The Quincunx *
Compelling and eerily authentic . . . Read it and be grateful to be alive in our day and age. * ROBERT GODDARD *
A dark, original story wrapped in a wonderful gothic gloom . . . it's a tough act to pull off, but Andrew Hughes manages it with brio. I heard echoes of James Hogg and Robert Louis Stevenson. * ANDREW TAYLOR, author of The American Boy and The Scent of Death *
Reminiscent of John Banville's The Book of Evidence . . . a bracing, lurid tale that is as engrossing as it is chilling. -- Declan Burke * IRISH INDEPENDENT *
A vivid piece of writing . . . brings to mind Andrew Miller's Costa-winning novel, Pure. * IRISH TIMES *
Extraordinarily detailed world, impeccably researched . . . so superbly written that it soars as a masterly work of fiction . . . utterly compelling. -- Dermot Bolger * IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY *
An intriguing debut (that) sets out Hughes as one to watch. * SUNDAY TIMES IRELAND *
A skilfully planned, elegantly written debut . . . a riveting read. * SUNDAY INDEPENDENT *
Stupendous: a brilliant achievement for a first novel, completely compelling and with a perfectly damaged central character. * MANDA SCOTT *