Going Live at 2.00pm on Thursday 23 July at 2pm
on the Authors’ Club YouTube channel
‘A glorious, tender, wounded and furiously funny book. It couldn’t suit our times better if it tried.’ A.L. Kennedy
‘I loved the madness, the tone, the ending, the realisation, The Third Policeman charge of the whole thing.’ Roddy Doyle
On Thursday 23 July from 2.00pm, club chair Lucy Popescu will be in conversation with Caoilinn Hughes about her stunning second novel The Wild Laughter (Oneworld).
It’s 2008, and the Celtic Tiger has left devastation in its wake. Set on a farm in Roscommon, brothers Hart and Cormac Black are dealing with a recession that has ruined their hardworking father’s livelihood. As he sickens and the debts pile up, they face a devastating choice that threatens to tear apart their family and all they hold dear.
The Wild Laughter is a poignant and unflinching portrait of a family unravelling. Hughes explores assisted suicide and its repercussions in rural Ireland with great compassion and dark humour.
Caoilinn Hughes’s debut novel Orchid& the Wasp (Oneworld 2018) was longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and won the Collyer Bristow Prize. Her poetry collection, Gathering Evidence won the Shine/Strong Award and was shortlisted for four other prizes. Her work has appeared in Granta, POETRY, Tin House, Best British Poetry, BBC Radio 3 and elsewhere.