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A Mad and Wonderful Thing - Mark Mulholland

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'You wouldn't get involved, Johnny, would you? What about those terrible bombs? You wouldn't do a bad thing, would you?'

In this passionate and heart-wrenching debut novel by Irish writer Mark Mulholland, we meet Johnny Donnelly — an intense young man who is in love with books, with his country, and with the beautiful Cora Flannery. But in his dark and secret other life he shoots British soldiers: he is an IRA sniper.

How can this be? As his two worlds inevitably move towards a dramatic collision, Johnny takes us on a journey through the history, legends, and landscapes of his beloved Ireland. In the end, Johnny has to make sense of his inheritance and his life, and he does so in a riveting, redemptive, and unforgettable climax.

Told in Johnny's unique voice, and peopled by a cast of extraordinary characters, A Mad and Wonderful Thing tells its tale lightly, but pulls a heavy load. It takes us beyond the charming, familiar, and often funny experiences of everyday life to the forces that bind people together, and that set them against each other — and to the profound consequences of the choices that they make.

About the Author

Mark Mulholland was born and raised in a town on the Irish border, where he left school at sixteen. He now lives with his wife, their four children, and a large library of second-hand books in a farmhouse in France. A Mad and Wonderful Thing is his first novel.

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Wonderful

By Kate

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • One Of The Best Books I'v
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

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    Comments about A Mad and Wonderful Thing:

    This is one of the best books I've read & I can't recommend it highly enough.

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    A great book

    By Will I Was

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

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      • Gift
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      • Travel Reading

      Comments about A Mad and Wonderful Thing:

      This is a great book: happy and sad, funny and mad!!

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      'Beneath the passion, wit, and poetry of A Mad and Wonderful Thing is an undertow of tragedy. This is a world where our moral certainties are challenged, where gentle domesticity and sudden violence disrupt our expectations.' - Robert Gott

      ISBN: 9781922070876
      ISBN-10: 1922070874
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 288
      Published: 26th February 2014
      Publisher: Scribe Publications
      Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4
      Weight (kg): 23.4