Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006 - Carry Me Down is a spell-binding psychological thriller about a boy's obsessive and dangerous desire to see the truth. A singular tale of disturbed love, it announces M. J. Hyland's arrival as a great writer.
Ireland, 1971, John Egan is a misfit, 'a twelve year old in the body of a grown man with the voice of a giant who insists on the ridiculous truth'. With an obsession for the Guinness Book of Records and faith in his ability to detect when adults are lying, John remains hopeful despite the unfortunate cards life deals him.
During one year in John's life, from his voice breaking, through the breaking-up of his home life, to the near collapse of his sanity, we witness the gradual unsticking of John's mind, and the trouble that creates for him and his family.
`This book deserves all the accolades it has received and merits its release as part of a group that attracts the word classic.' * Irish Echo *