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Carry Me Down

Carry Me Down

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M. J. Hyland

  • awardWinner, The Hawthornden Prize, United Kingdom
  • awardWinner, The Encore Award, United Kingdom
  • awardShortlisted, Man Booker Prize
  • awardLonglisted, Orange Prize for Fiction
  • Afterword by J. M. Coetzee

    John Egan lives with his mother, father and grandmother in rural Ireland. The Guinness Book of Records is his favourite book and he wants to visit Niagara Falls with his mother. But, more than anything, he is determined to become a world-famous lie detector, almost at any cost.

    Carry Me Down is written in clean, compelling prose, and is about John’s obsessive and dangerous desire to see the truth, even as his family is threatened in countless ways. In this singular tale of disturbed love every word rings true.

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    M. J. Hyland
    About the Author

    M. J. Hyland was born in London to Irish parents in 1968 and spent her early childhood in Dublin. She studied English and Law at the University of Melbourne, Australia and worked as a lawyer for several years. Her first novel, How the Light Gets In (2003) was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Age Book of the Year, and made...

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    Carry Me Down is uncompromising, unputdownable and done with expert lightness. It’s a work of discreet brilliance. M.J. Hyland is a truly gifted writer.’

    ‘This is writing of the highest order.’

    ‘Hyland’s talent and her power of realisation are manifest and moving…a novel that will command the world’s attention.’

    ‘Hyland writes in unadorned, clear prose, evoking period, place and setting with intense clarity and a lovely, restrained lyricism.’

    Carry Me Down is a heart-rendingly domestic work full of compassion for the most ordinary of our human frailties.’

    ‘Hyland’s disquieting novel is feverishly alert to childhood’s bewilderments and sensitively articulates the strange osmosis between the mundane and the otherworldly.’

    Other editions ofCarry Me Down
    • Carry Me Down
      ISBN: 9781925355338
      29 March 2016
    • Carry Me Down
      ISBN: 9781921776458
      16 May 2010
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