Quiet City

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  • “Ireland’s best-kept secret: Philip Davison is one of our great contemporary writers” —BOB GELDOF
  • “Quiet City is a short jab of a novel; it is elegant, intriguing and very darkly funny – and a terrific exploration of the madness of middle age.” —RODDY DOYLE
  • "A powerful and skillful novel from a storyteller of rare gifts. I love Philip Davison's writing." —JOSEPH O'CONNOR
  • “From the first sentences he published, Philip Davison has continued to create for himself and his readers works of genuine, great ambiguity, possessing an energy that can range from the most profoundly reflective to the wildly, incomparably anarchic, in command of a voice and vision much challenging and cherished.” —FRANK McGUINNESS
  • “Davison . . . shares Beckett’s knack for making the down-at-heel appear surreal.” ―TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
  • "part le Carré, part Graham Greene" —INDEPENDENT
  • "Davison writes with the intelligence and intent of a James Lee Burke, flecked with the mordant wit of a Kinky Friedman" ―ARENA
  • "Sharp. Funny. Hip. Learned. Surprising. . . Ireland’s equivalent of Graham Greene with a dash of Le Carré and the readability of Len Deighton." ―EVENING HERALD
  • "a gem of a writer" ―IRISH TIMES
  • "[Davison writes with] sparse but gripping prose" —SUNDAY EXPRESS
  • "[Davison has] a deceptively glib tone of wry, cool detachment" ―PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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.

Everything works out – except in the end. In the meantime, concentrate on temptations of the flesh; on naked desire. Being properly damned brings its own joy: that’s what Richard Meadows is thinking on his way to the city dump to retrieve his wife’s favourite chair, which he had thrown away earlier. And that’s where he meets old flame Virginia Coates. So begins a dance of circumstance that feeds on Richard’s newfound fearlessness, and his desire to be daring. Time to lean in to the danger.

How can a nice man like him get things so wrong? For some reason, the sudden closeness between Richard and Virginia doesn’t yield the desired intimacy, doesn’t satisfy the passion. It is Richard’s wife, Gloria, who truly fastens on her chance for fulfilment.

QUIET CITY is a literate, satisfying work of fiction which crosses Richard Ford with Kinky Friedman, with a noir undercurrent. Spellbinding storytelling from a novelist at the height of his powers.