We Are Not in the World
‘Stylish, deft…an absolutely fascinating novel’ Guardian
‘Haunting, mesmerising, and so deeply intelligent’ Kamila Shamsie, author of Women’s Prize for Fiction winning Home Fire
‘Powerful…compelling and profoundly moving’ Irish Times
‘Heartbreaking, sweetly logical and tentatively hopeful’ Spectator
Heartbroken after a long, painful love affair, a man drives a haulage lorry from England to France. Travelling with him is a secret passenger – his daughter. Twenty-something, unkempt, off the rails.
With a week on the road together, father and daughter must restore themselves and each other, and repair a relationship that is at once fiercely loving and deeply scarred.
As they journey south, down the motorways, through the service stations, a devastating picture reveals itself: a story of grief, of shame, and of love in all its complex, dark and glorious manifestations.
What readers are saying:
***** ‘The prose is sublime and deeply moving . . . a stunning novel’
***** ‘Beautifully written, lyrical and unsettling in its exploration of human frailties, family, love, and loss, grief’
**** ‘A haunting, tragic and highly original story of a father and daughter travelling across England and France in a haulage truck, and discovering more about their relationship and past in all its raw candour’
MORE PRAISE FOR WE ARE NOT IN THE WORLD:
‘Unusual, utterly original and mysterious . . . a must read’ Elaine Feeney
‘…the book stays with you, a haunting presence you cannot – and do not want to – escape…astounding.’ Ruth Gilligan Extraordinary…achingly sad and tender and sexy, and the writing is very beautiful.’ Louise Kennedy
‘Wonderful, wrenching . . . full of enormous feelings very precisely rendered’ Sara Baume
‘Elusive, unsettling, beautiful, haunting. This is a complex, devastating study of human relations; a portrait of intense love and damage in equal measure.’ Lisa Harding
‘A whirlpool of memories, regrets and hopes’ Tim Pears
‘An uncanny ability to turn the seemingly insignificant into something monumental’ Jan Carson
A whirlpool of memories, regrets and hopes. * Tim Pears * Elusive, unsettling, beautiful, haunting. This is a complex, devastating study of human relations; a portrait of intense love and damage in equal measure. * Lisa Harding, author of Harvesting * A whirlpool of memories, regrets and hopes. * Tim Pears * A sad and stunning meditation on love, grief and long haul driving. This is a novel about distance and closeness which explores those bonds which exist between people long after they leave each other behind. O'Callaghan's prose is shot through with poetry. He has an uncanny ability to turn the seemingly insignificant into something monumental. * Jan Carson * Intimate, gripping, stunning - having read this, the rest of us writers all have to raise our games now. * Danny Denton * Full of wit, charm, and off-beat language - this heartbreaking novel is beautifully drawn in its observation of relationships, intimacy, love and the fragility of family. Unusual, utterly original and mysterious, O'Callaghan is a stunningly good writer. We Are Not In The World is definitely a 2020 must read. * Elaine Feeney * Wonderful, wrenching ... full of enormous feelings very precisely rendered. * Sara Baume * Haunting, mesmerising, and so deeply intelligent about the interwoven strengths and frailties of the human heart. * Kamila Shamsie *
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