‘Night Boat to Tangier’ with Kevin Barry
Wed 19 Jun 2019
7:00pm at Mr B's
Discover the most beautifully nostalgic and moving book you’ll ever read about gangsters – a novel which single-handedly brought Mr B’s Tom M. back from the depths of a reading rut at the beginning of the year.
Maurice and Charlie are in the twilight of their careers; aging and all but finished, they wait at the Spanish port of Algeciras. Maurice’s daughter has been missing for three years, and they are here to find her. Rumour has it she’s living in a commune, so they repeatedly stop and interrogate anyone they define as a ‘crusty’; that is, anyone with dreadlocks and a dog on a string. But how do these old-timers know each other, and what brought them here?
If you’ve had the pleasure of reading Barry’s short stories, or his Goldsmiths Prize winning novel ‘Beatlebone’, you’ll be rejoicing at the brilliantly Barryesque turns of phrase, humour and empathy which permeate ‘Night Boat to Tangier’. If you’re new to his writing, you’ll be seeking out the back catalogue in no time. Here’s a story which lures you in with its hilarious observations and sense of imminent threat, but then quickly evolves into the most unconventional and tender of love stories. We’ve been hoping to be able to welcome Kevin to Mr B’s for a long time – now the day has come!