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Red Dirt - E.M. Reapy

Red Dirt - E.M. Reapy

Title: Red Dirt

Author:  E.M. Reapy

ISBN:  9781784974626

Weight:  751 g

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Red Dirt by E.M. Reapy

Three young Irish people have come to Australia, running from the economic ruins of their home country and their own unhappy lives.  In this promised land, stunned by the heat and the vast arid space of the interior, they each try to escape their past in a chaotic world of backpacker hostels, huge fruit farms and squalid factories, surrounded by new friends who are even more damaged and dangerous than they are themselves.  Endless supplies of cheap drink and drugs loosen what little sense of responsibility they have, and a spiral of self-destructive behaviour forces each of them to face up to the reality of their lives.

This is a story of the consequences of impulsive choices and of the places where they lead.  A vulnerable young man is left alone by his friends in a remote wilderness; a desperate girl puts herself into the hands of violent sex traffickers; a once-privileged favourite son lets a drunken quarrel escalate to murder.  An utterly compelling, readable novel that hooks from the first page and immerses us in an all-too topical nightmare.

Peer & Press Reviews

Reapy has a dazzling ear for dialogue…  This book does for young Irish expats in Australia what Alex Garland’s The Beach did for backpackers in Thailand and Dermot Healy’s Sudden Times did for a different generation of Irish labourers in London.  It’s a confident and distinctive debut, and one would have to be dead to the thrill of fiction not to be hugely excited about what its author will do next.

Irish Independent

The author is certainly one to watch…  A fantastic debut and certainly bodes well for her future novels.  Red Dirt is raw.  It is brutally honest.  And it is, at times, appropriately elegiac.

Darcie Boleyn, author of Something Old, Something New

Takes the modern Irish immigrant experience and turns it into a thought-provoking, vibrant novel… highly impressive writing from a first-time novelist, a story that moves from humour to poignancy with ease.

Irish Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Red Dirt
Author: [Elizabeth]
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine – spine ends have slightly more pushing than normal and the book is priced accordingly (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Awards and prizes: Irish Book Awards 2016 – winner (Newcomer of the Year)
Publication date:
Printed by: GGP Media GmbH, Poessneck
ISBN 13: 9781784974626
ISBN 10: 1784974625
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 323
Size (h x w x d): 235 x 154 x 32mm
Design Credits
Jacket image: Robert Della-Piana / Getty Images
Flap image: Shutterstock

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