Eureka Dunes

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  • ‘Pre-eminently human . . . funny in the way that The Catcher in the Rye was funny’ ―Books Ireland
  • ‘Davison never fails to surprise, compel and intrigue with dry philosophy and grim wit . . . [He] shares Beckett’s knack for making the down-at-heel appear surreal.' ―Times Literary Supplement
  • ‘Chilly, elegant and disconcertingly comic. Rather like a collaboration between two notable Green(e)s – Graham and Henry – and quite safely described as original.' ―Literary Review
  • ‘a gem of a writer . . . Davison’s lean and ultra-minimalist style evokes an atmosphere that is quite surreal . . . He has a sparse and strangely matter-of-fact style of writing that gives full value to every word and act.' ―Irish Times
  • ‘As flawed heroes go, Harry Fielding must rank among the best of them.’ ―Irish Independent

Meet The Author

Philip Davison’s published novels include The Crooked Man, McKenzie’s Friend, The Long Suit and Eureka Dunes. The Crooked Man was adapted for television. His play, The Invisible Mending Company, was performed on the Abbey Theatre’s Peacock stage. He has co-written two television dramas, Exposure and Criminal Conversation, and Learning Gravity, a documentary film on poet and undertaker Thomas Lynch. He has written twelve plays for radio. An adaptation of his novel Eureka Dunes was broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 in 2019, and an original dramatisation of Quiet City was broadcast on the same station in 2020.

Whitehall civil servant Magnus Sparling is called home to Dublin because Edwin, his father, has been accused of attempting to poison his wife. Magnus does a thorough job interrogating his father. He is discreet, patient and pragmatic, but Edwin resolutely refuses to confess. Why is Magnus convinced of Edwin’s guilt, his aunt Charlotte asks.

Magnus tells Charlotte a story that has long been suppressed in the family: an account of a few extraordinary and precious days in the past when he accompanied his father on a clandestine journey beyond the Mojave Desert to meet Edwin’s blood-mother. The more Magnus probes for the truth about the attempted poisoning, the greater is his need to relinquish old fears. What he fails to anticipate is that Charlotte, a secret fantasist, has important news to add. A compelling tale of family secrets, and love lost and regained, by a writer at the height of his powers.

Weight 0.35 kg