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Troubles

J.G. Farrell

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'A work of genius' (Guardian) and winner of the 1970 lost Man Booker prize in 2010

WINNER OF THE 1970 BOOKER PRIZE

'And so at the Majestic everything returned to the way it had been before. The gleaming tiles became dulled. Sofas as sleek as prize cattle lost their glow.'

1919, the Majestic Hotel in Kinalough, Ireland. Haunted war veteran Major Brendan Archer arrives to marry Angela Spencer, daughter of the house. But his fiancee is strangely altered, and her family's fortunes have suffered a spectacular decline.

The hotel's hundreds of rooms are disintegrating; its few remaining guests thrive on rumours and games of whist; herds of cats have taken over the Imperial Bar; bamboo shoots threaten the foundations; and piglets frolic in the squash court. And outside the order of the British Empire totters, as the violence of 'the troubles' mounts.

'A work of genius' Guardian

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Praise for Troubles

  • Farrell's vision and voice are unique, inimitable

  • A work of genius - Guardian

  • One of the finest novels of the past 50 years - Mail on Sunday

  • Troubles has everything: great story, compelling characters, believable dialogue and big ideas. It's a book good enough to win the Booker in any year. Not just 1970. - GUARDIAN

  • Like Fawlty Towers written by Evelyn Waugh - Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, 2010

  • No finer work has ever been written about this transitional period in Irish history: it remains a landmark in 20th-century Irish literature - IRISH INDEPENDENT

  • A work of genius - Guardian

  • One of the finest novels of the past 50 years - Mail on Sunday

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J.G. Farrell

J.G. Farrell was born in Liverpool in 1935 and spent a good deal of his life abroad, including periods in France and North America, and then settled in London where he wrote most of his novels.

Among his novels, TROUBLES won the Faber Memorial Prize in 1970 and the Lost Man Booker prize in 2010 and THE SIEGE OF KRISHNAPUR won the Booker Prize in 1973.

In April 1979 he went to live in County Cork where only four months later he was drowned in a fishing accident.

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