The House of Slamming Doors by Mark Macauley

By Mark Macauley

'My identify is Justin Alexander Torquhil Edward Peregrine Montague, yet my father calls me 'you little bollocks', or while he's in an exceptional temper, 'old cock'. It's 1963 in a rustic apartment in west Wicklow through the heady summer time of JFK's stopover at to eire. Turbulence is within the air as Justin is locked in strive against along with his indignant and inebriate father. a gloomy and poignant comedy unfolds and progresses to iciness as Kennedy is assassinated and Justin ends his oedipal fight and is derived of age. Replete with the perennial tensions among local and settler, servant and grasp, Camelot and Leinster condo, this poignant story issues id and primary love, and the ache of a figuring out baby dwelling among extraterrestrial beings. advised with the panache of Roddy Doyle crossed with J.D. Salinger, it conveys the spirit of a bygone age and the very current feelings of a fast-growing boy. it's a masterful debut novel. "A subtler form of Irish eccentricity pervades the home of Slamming doorways. Set on the time of President Kennedy's stopover at to eire in 1963, Mark Macauley's relaxing story of a dysfunctional extended family of Anglo-Irish aristocrats facilities on 13-year-old Justin Montague, inheritor to a rural property, who enrages his bullying father via befriending a servant's daughter. yet there's equivalent excitement in its depiction of the time-warped international of the massive condo, caught uneasily among the ears of the wind-up gramophone and the Dansette record-player." - The monetary instances. "The funniest, such a lot beguiling, cruelly dysfunctional kinfolk ever." - John Boorman."Packed with hilarious incident and pathos...an audacious one-off." - The parent. "This eire is lyrical and colourful and honest." - Carol Birch, The TLS

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Probably a million people gave a stab at writing, and sent their work wherever they knew to send it or wherever they thought they'd get published. And, of course, it's still going on in 1980, bigger than ever. We wanted to stay contemporary, so 1965 seemed a good target for the '60snot too far from the year we'd have to close. We used the newsletters over and over again, asking people to spread the word. We used direct mailings from lists of registered presses old and new. Eventually we used the telephone, tracking people however possible.

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