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Country by Michael Hughes


Michael Hughes

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Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 26 Jul 2018
ISBN: 9781473636538

A vivid and brutal reimagining of Homer's Iliad, set in the Troubles of the late twentieth century.

  • The GuardianBook of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Ian Sansom
10 Aug 2018

"Whether or not you recognise Homer’s characters in the IRA gang of Hughes’s second novel, the rhythmic language will keep you enthralled"

Even if you can’t recognise the correspondences, the language is enough to keep you enthralled. Hughes is an actor as well as as writer, originally from Armagh, whose stage name is Michael Colgan. The novel, as one might expect, is driven strongly by the sound of a rhythmic speaking voice. “And that was the start of it. A terrible business altogether. Oh, it was all kept off the news, for the sake of the talks and the ceasefire. But them that were around that part of the country remember every bit. Wait now till you hear the rest.”