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City of Bohane - Kevin Barry

City of Bohane - Kevin Barry

Title: City of Bohane

Author:  Kevin Barry

ISBN:  9780224090575

Weight:  675g

Dated signed first edition, first print paperback original



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City of Bohane by Kevin Barry

Forty years in the future.  The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines.  There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the Northside Rises and the eerie bogs of Big Nothin’ that the city really lives.

For years, the city has been in the cool grip of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang.  But there’s trouble in the air.  They say his old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight…  And then there’s his mother.

City of Bohane is a visionary novel that blends influences from film and the graphic novel, from Trojan beats and calypso rhythms, from Celtic myth and legend, from fado and the sagas, and from all the great inheritance of Irish literature.  A work of mesmerising imagination and vaulting linguistic invention, it is a taste of the glorious and new.

Peer & Press Reviews

Astonishing.  This marks him out as a writer of great promise.


City of Bohane testifies to, and beautifully illustrates, the mad glory of the human imagination.  It should be met with parties and parades and pyrotechnics.

Niall Griffiths, author of A Great Big Shining Star

Beautiful, arresting, precise… a compelling creation.

Irish Independent

Bibliographic Info

TitleCity of Bohane
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013 – winner

Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2012 – winner

Costa Book Award 2011 – shortlist (first novel)

Book Stats
PublisherVintage Publishing
ImprintJonathan Cape
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Chatham
ISBN 139780224090575
ISBN 100224090577
FormatPaperback original
Size (h x w x d)233 x 153 x 25mm
Design Credits
Jacket illustrationJem Robinson
MapReginald Piggott (City of Bohane – inside back cover)

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