The Gamal

Author(s): Ciaran Collins

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Meet Charlie. People think he's crazy. But he's not. People think he's stupid. But he's not. People think he's innocent...He's the Gamal. Charlie has a story to tell, about his best friends Sinead and James and the bad things that happened. But he can't tell it yet, at least not till he's worked out where the beginning is. Because is the beginning long ago when Sinead first spoke up for him after Charlie got in trouble at school for the millionth time? Or was it later, when Sinead and James followed the music and found each other? Or was it later still on that terrible night when something unspeakable happened after closing time and someone chose to turn a blind eye? Charlie has promised Dr Quinn he'll write 1,000 words a day, but it's hard to know which words to write. And which secrets to tell...This is the story of the dark heart of an Irish village, of how daring to be different can be dangerous and how there is nothing a person will not do for love. Exhilarating, bitingly funny and unforgettably poignant, this is a story like no other. This is the story of the Gamal.


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Skippy Dies meets The Butcher Boy in a wickedly funny and heartbreaking modern-day Romeo and Juliet

Perfectly captures the joys and sorrows of adolescence and the maddening claustrophobia of a small Irish village. Its nearest literary ancestor would be The Catcher in the Rye Edna O'Brien Astonishing. Inventive. Playful. Unique. A novel to savour. Ciaran Collins is the real deal Colum McCann There is nothing quite like reading a first novel by a truly original new talent. Ciaran Collins's tale of star-crossed lovers explores the darkness, cruelty and bitterness behind the banter of Irish village life. A novel of wit, boisterous humour and also inevitable tears. Collins is in a great Irish story-telling tradition going back to Roddy Doyle, Sean O'Faolain and Flann O'Brien Gavin Esler

Ciaran Collins was born in County Cork in 1977. He teaches English in a school in West Cork. The Gamal is his first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9781408827840
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : March 2013
  • : 216mm X 153mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ciaran Collins
  • : Paperback
  • : 413
  • : 823.92
  • : 480