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Carry Me Down : Text Classics - M. J. Hyland

Carry Me Down

Text Classics

Paperback Published: 3rd September 2007
ISBN: 9781921145780
Number Of Pages: 320

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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.

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`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 *

ISBN: 9781921145780
ISBN-10: 1921145781
Series: Text Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd September 2007
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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M. J. Hyland

About the Author


M. J. Hyland was born in London to Irish parents in 1968 and spent her early childhood in Dublin. She studied English and law at the University of Melbourne, Australia and worked as a lawyer for several years. Her first novel, How the Light Gets In (2003) was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Age Book of the Year and also took third place in the Barnes & Noble, Discover Great New Writers Award. How the Light Gets In was also joint winner of the Best Young Australian Novelist Award.

Carry Me Down (2006), her second novel, was winner of the Encore Prize (2007) and the Hawthornden Prize (2007) and was also short-listed for the Man Booker Prize (2006). Hyland lives in Manchester, England, where she teaches in the Centre for New Writing at Manchester University.

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