Malachy Dudgeon has escaped the misery and madness of his childhood home and landed a job in the most famous school in Dublin.
The headmaster, Raphael Bell, has overcome his own tragedies to forge a model career, but when Malachy Dudgeon and Raphael Bell meet, they become inextricably engaged in a macabre relationship which proves fatal to their fortunes and their sanity. 'McCabe can make you howl at the darkest antics ...He never sets a foot -- or syllable -- wrong.
His novel is death on a laugh-support machine. Stupendous.' Scotland on Sunday 'Raphael, the great headmaster, is a marvellous creation ...McCabe has a charm as a storyteller which is all his own' Sunday Telegraph 'Exhilarating.
Reading the distilled gouts of consciousness which pour from the minds of these characters is like being trapped on a big dipper with articulate maniacs ...Horribly funny' The Times 'An appallingly funny story ...horribly memorable' Times Literary Supplement
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 08/03/1996
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330339452