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The Little Hammer - John Kelly

The Little Hammer

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'Would you believe me if I told you that I was only nine years of age when I killed him?' In a paint-splattered room, a young and successful Irish painter confronts his shocking and murderous past- a dark day on the beach at Bundoran, Co. Donegal, when he quietly dispatched a palaeontologist with his own geological hammer. His life is further disrupted by the beautiful Billy Maguire, an Ingrid Bergman lookalike who leads him all the way to Prague and involves him-and his beloved and devoutly paranoid grandmother-in yet another grievous crime. Struggling to keep reality and unreality apart, he wishes only to be taken seriously-as sinner and lover, artist and murderer.Featuring cameos from Elvis Presley, Shirley Temple and the Pope, the Little Hammer is a triumph of linguistic brio, dark imagination and wild wit from one of Ireland's most exciting new talents.

"Immediate, passionate...shot through with descriptive brilliance." -"Guardian "Voted one of the 20 hippest people in Ireland, this glittering debut can only enhance that reputation." -"The Times

If I Had a Hammerp. 1
Beautiful Bundoranp. 7
Leviathanp. 12
The Holy Familyp. 20
The Quiet Manp. 27
The Lives of the Saintsp. 35
The Cockroachp. 42
Be Preparedp. 54
The Child of Praguep. 65
DNAp. 69
The Kingp. 78
The Cardboard Boxp. 85
The Curep. 93
The Presidentp. 99
Liftedp. 105
Don't Start Me Talkingp. 111
Requiemp. 119
Mister Picassop. 124
Vocationp. 127
Some Tulipp. 132
Crumbsp. 140
Ha! Ha!p. 151
Mister Tom Jonesp. 156
The Fish's Handp. 160
Shampoop. 164
Seeing Thingsp. 169
Thought for the Dayp. 175
Pilgrimagep. 178
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ISBN: 9780099285137
ISBN-10: 0099285134
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 15th April 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1

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