White City

May 4, 2021
White City

From the highly acclaimed author of Bad Day inBlackrock – inspiration for the 2012 award-winning filmWhat Richard Did, directed by Lenny Abrahamson –comes a darkly funny, gripping and profoundly moving novel about alife spinning out of control, a life live without the bedrock offamilial love, and the corruption of material wealth that tears atthe soul.'It was my father's arrest that brought me here,although you could certainly say that I took the scenicroute.'Here is rehab, where Ben – the only son of a rich SouthDublin banker – is piecing together the shattered remains of hislife. Abruptly cut off, at the age of 27, from a life of heedlessprivilege, Ben flounders through a world of drugs and dead-endjobs, his self-esteem at rock bottom. Even his once-adoringgirlfriend, Clio, is at the end of her tether. Then Ben runs intoan old school friend who wants to cut him in on a scam: a shadyproperty deal in the Balkans. The deal will make Ben rich and, atone fell swoop, will deliver him from all his troubles: hisaddictions, his father's very public disgrace, and his ownself-loathing and regret. Problems solved.But something is amiss. For one thing, the Serbian partnersdon't exactly look like fools. (In fact they look like gangsters.)And, for another, Ben is being followed everywhere he goes. Someoneis being taken for a ride. But who?Praise for White City:'I can't recommend it enough' John Boyne'Immensely enjoyable and tautly written' SundayTimes'Spiky, blackly funny' Independent'Both riotous rant and thoughtful coming-of-age tale'Dublin Review of Books'Brilliantly entertaining' LiteraryReview'Likely to be the most solid, well-rounded novel to come out ofIreland this year' Irish Independent'This ambitious, attention-grabbing novel seems ripe forcinematic adaptation' Daily Mail'Demands to be read' Irish Times'Power shows his own capacity for comic timing and pithyaperçus' Guardian'One of the most purely enjoyable books' Peter Murphy,Arena (RTE Radio 1)'A tremendously zesty and zeitgeisty piece of writing'Sunday Times (Ireland)'Fast-paced and wickedly funny' DanielleMcLaughlin'Magnificent' Billy O'Callaghan'Dark, hilarious and emotionally profound' Ed O'Loughlin'[A] biting page-turner' BusinessPost'Funny, and gorgeously written, and just relentlesslyentertaining' Mark O'Connell'You'll laugh, you'll cry... Read it, read it, read it'Claire Hennessy'Profound, unpretentious, unapologetically intelligent, andreally hilarious' Lauren Oyler'Brilliant' Eoin McNamee