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Ithaca, Paperback / softback Book

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Longlisted for the 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize'Alan McMonagle possesses a style that is all his own and I found his first novel compelling from start to finish.

Read it.' Patrick McCabe, author of The Butcher BoyIthaca, the ferociously funny and unbelievably poignant debut novel from Alan McMonagle, combines a fiercely emotional story with crackling prose. Summer 2009, and eleven-year-old Jason Lowry is preoccupied with thoughts of the Da he has never known.

In the meantime, his vodka-swilling, swings-from-the-hip Ma is busy entertaining her latest boyfriend and indulging her fondness for joyriding. Jason escapes to the Swamp: a mysteriously rising pool of fetid water on the outskirts of the town.

There, he meets the girl, a being as lost as himself.

Together, they conjure exotic adventures - from ancient Egypt to the search for Ithaca, home of Odysseus.

But what begin as innocent flights of fancy soon become forays into hazardous territory; the girl is a dangerous (and very committed) partner in crime.

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