Troubles

Troubles

Winner of the 1970 lost Man Booker prize in 2010.

Major Brendan Archer travels to Ireland – to the Majestic Hotel and to the fiancée he acquired on a rash afternoon’s leave three years ago. Despite her many letters, the lady herself proves elusive, and the Major’s engagement is short-lived. But he is unable to detach himself from the alluring discomforts of the crumbling hotel. Ensconced in the dim and shabby splendour of the Palm Court, surrounded by gently decaying old ladies and proliferating cats, the Major passes the summer. So hypnotic are the faded charms of the Majestic, the Major is almost unaware of the gathering storm. But this is Ireland in 1919 – and the struggle for independence is about to explode with brutal force.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 17th June 2010

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780753829028

Reviews

A work of genius
Guardian
One of the finest novels of the past 50 years
Mail on Sunday
Funny, sad and beautifully written; prescient, wise, original and unexpectedly eccentric
Rachel Cooke, Observer