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Hopscotch
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May 2017
Donal Lenihan: My Life in Rugby
by Donal Lenihan
February 2017
The Coroner's Daughter
by Andrew Hughes
May 2016
Standing My Ground: The Autobiography
by Brendan Cummins
May 2016
Nothing On Earth
by Conor O'Callaghan
April 2016
The Hurley Maker's Son
by Patrick Deeley
March 2016
Man and Ball: My Autobiography
by Stephen Ferris
March 2016
A Slanting of the Sun: Stories
by Donal Ryan
February 2016
The Matchmaker
by Marita Conlon-McKenna
February 2016
Rebel Sisters
by Marita Conlon-McKenna

Nothing On Earth
May 2016
Trade Paperback

Nothing On Earth
by Conor O'Callaghan



'As fine as it is frightening' JOHN BANVILLE

'Strange, beautiful and quietly terrifying' DONAL RYAN, author of The Spinning Heart

'An original story, brilliantly told' Irish Times


'This one will stay with you like your shadow' Guardian

'Like many great works, it could so easily have all gone wrong if it hadn’t been done exactly right' Sunday Independent



It was a time when nobody called. Early evening, the hottest August in living memory.

A frightened girl bangs on a door. A man answers. From the moment he invites her in, his world will never be the same again.

She tells him about her family, and their strange life in the show home of an abandoned housing estate. The long, blistering days spent sunbathing; the airless nights filled with inexplicable noises; the words that appear on the windows, written in dust.

Where is her family now? Is she telling the truth? Can the man be trusted? Beautiful and disturbing, her story – retold in his words – reaches towards those frayed edges of reality where each of us, if only once, glimpses something nobody will ever explain.
Reviews

Utterly compelling
 (Irish Farmer’s Journal)

This one will stay with you like your shadow, as hard to shake off and as impossible to pin down.
 (Guardian)

Ominous and fearful . . . this striking debut is a psychological chiller that cleverly resonates with modern concerns
 (Scotland Herald)

O’Callaghan’s stylish, dark yarn triumphs through the clarity of his prose and confident handling of ambivalence at its most menacing
 (Eileen Battersby)

Quite extraordinary . . . like many great works, it could so easily have all gone wrong if it hadn’t been done exactly right. All that can be done is to give it the highest recommendation: read it, and find out for yourself
 (Sunday Independent)

Strange, beautiful and quietly terrifying
 (Donal Ryan, author of THE SPINNING HEART)

Strange and beguiling . . . very well written, conjuring up a weird listless world
 (Irish Examiner)

An original story, brilliantly told . . . extraordinary, low-key and pitch-perfect
 (Irish Times)

A very contemporary slice of gothic
 (Justine Jordan)

Beautifully written and carefully crafted
 (Hot Press)

I greatly admired Conor O'Callaghan's Nothing on Earth, as fine as it is frightening
 (JOHN BANVILLE)

Hauntingly beautiful
 (Sunday Business Post)

. . . extremely self-assured . . . a haunting debut with subtle horror tones . . . backed by O’Callaghan’s remarkable writing prowess
 (Culturefly)

[A] subtly chilling story. . . leaves the reader with an uncomfortable sense of trepidation
 (Pure M Magazine)

A total curveball, Conor O’Callaghan’s book is extraordinary
 (RICK O'SHEA, RTE Radio 1)

A stunning, haunting, thrilling and unsettling story
 (The Argus)

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