Scenes of a Graphic Nature
CHARLIE REGAN’S LIFE ISN’T GOING FORWARD, SO SHE’S DECIDED TO GO BACK.
* ‘A perfect page-turner. I loved it’ DOLLY ALDERTON * ‘Wonderful’ MARIAN KEYES *
‘A gorgeous exploration of the messy and fragile nature of friendship and all the many forms of love, as well as of the primal need we all have to belong’ IRISH TIMES
After a tough few years floundering around the British film industry, experimenting with amateur pornography and watching her father’s health rapidly decline, Charlie and her best friend Laura journey to her ancestral home of Clipim, an island off the west coast of Ireland. She knows this could be the last chance to connect with her dad’s history before she loses him.
But when the girls arrive, Charlie begins to question both her difficult relationship with Laura and her father’s childhood stories. Before long, she’s embroiled in a devastating conspiracy that’s been sixty years in the making . . . and it’s up to her to reveal the truth.
***Longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize***
‘One of the most intelligent, well observed depictions of lust, loss, envy, betrayal, friendship and love that I’ve ever read’ DAISY BUCHANAN
‘A moving and extremely funny look at family, roots and the myth of Irishness’ THE i, ESSENTIAL SUMMER READS
‘Witty, tender and insightful . . . O’Donoghue is a perceptive, clever writer’ GUARDIAN
‘A darkly humorous, keenly observed blend of millennial drift and murder mystery from a razor-sharp writer’ RED
Scenes of a Graphic Nature has all the components of a perfect page-turner: beautiful prose, truthful characters, hilarious dialogue and an addictive plot. I loved it * Dolly Alderton * So dark and funny, bleak yet full of heart, touching on friendship and love and belonging ... you're in for a treat * Ayisha Malik * In the inventive O'Donoghue's follow-up to Promising Young Women, she turns her tart tongue on friendship, exile and what it feels like to return to a place that no longer feels like home * The i * Scenes Of A Graphic Nature is a truly extraordinary novel - I inhaled it. It's thrillingly dark, but so moving and human - it's one of the most intelligent, well observed depictions of lust, loss, envy, betrayal, friendship and love that I've ever read. Charlie is so real, courageous, vulnerable, infuriating and adorable. The book itself mirrors Charlie's experience of Ireland - sometimes it's warm and joyous, sometimes it's hostile and terrifying, but even when you know you're in danger, you want to stay for longer and fall even deeper into the pages. * Daisy Buchanan * I was so hooked on this beautiful, funny story of homecoming and self-discovery I didn't want to put it down. The characters are wonderfully drawn and the sense of place is so compelling - it is a mystery, a fireside yarn. There is a little Maeve Binchy in there, a little Keyes, but Caroline has her own voice, and the edge to Charlie and Laura - their difficult, funny and recognisable relationship - is all her own. * Keith Stuart, author of The Boy Made of Blocks * With Scenes Of A Graphic Nature, Caroline O'Donoghue establishes herself as one of the most exciting young Irish writers on the literary scene. Her acerbic wit is matched by her sharp-eyed observations, resulting in a piece of fiction that is dark, gripping, and beautifully written * Louise O'Neill *
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