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Reading with Danny Denton and John Connell
Cork writer Danny Denton’s first novel, The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow, conjures up a post-digital Ireland: derelict and flooded by ceaseless rain. A baby is born to The Kid in Yellow and T, the daughter of The Earlie King. When T dies in childbirth, the Kid tricks the King, steals the baby and goes on the run. But now the Earlie Boys are on the warpath… Reminiscent of Peaky Blinders, Quentin Tarantino, Samanta Schweblin, Blade Runner, George Saunders, and Tom Waits, this is something entirely new in Irish fiction. The recipient of a number of bursaries, Danny has written for The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, and RTÉ’s Arena. His short stories have been published in the Stinging Fly, among others.
Hailed by Roddy Doyle as ‘gripping, fascinating’ and Rosamund Young as ‘an important slice of living, breathing agricultural history,’ The Cow Book: A Story of Life on a Family Farm is writer and farmer John Connell’s first book. Farming has been in John’s family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father’s footsteps until, after living abroad for many years, he found himself back on the farm and began to learn the ways of the farmer and the way of the cow. Connell records the hypnotic rhythm of the farming day – and the unforeseen moments when things go wrong: a calf fails to thrive, illness breaks out, depression takes hold, arguments erupt, and things are said that cannot be unsaid. The Cow Book is the story of a calving season; of the cow itself, from its domestication in Ancient Egypt to modern-day mechanised herds; and of Connell’s relationship with his native County Longford, with the animals he tends, and with his father.
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