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A Mad and Wonderful Thing - Mark Mulholland

Paperback Published: 26th February 2014
ISBN: 9781922070876
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.


a brilliant debut novel


a fantastic debut novel told ever so poetically about johnny donnelly and the beautiful cora flannery the love of his life. the author tells a passionate and heart rending story about life in Ireland during the troubles, and the secret life of Johnny as an IRA sniper. cant wait for his next book.

tweed valley nsw australia




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

Sydney Australia


A great book


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

Tokyo, Japan


A Mad and Wonderful Thing

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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
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.39

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