Nobber (Paperback)
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Nobber (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 29/10/2020
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Waterstones Says

Anarchic, violent and blackly comic, Fagan’s singular take on the Black Death finds a band of Irish villagers at the mercy of various gangs of opportunistic marauders. 

Waterstones Irish Book of the Month for November 2020

Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2020

Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2020

An ambitious noble and his three serving men travel through the Irish countryside in the stifling summer of 1348, using the advantage of the plague which has collapsed society to buy up large swathes of property and land. They come upon Nobber, a tiny town, whose only living habitants seem to be an egotistical bureaucrat, his volatile wife, a naked blacksmith, and a beautiful Gaelic hostage. Meanwhile, a band of marauding Gaels are roaming around, using the confusion of the sickness to pillage and reclaim lands that once belonged to them.

As these groups converge upon the town, the habitants, who up until this point have been under strict curfew, begin to stir from their dwellings, demanding answers from the intruders. A deadly stand-off emerges from which no one will escape unscathed.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781529329810
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 214 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Plague-ridden, trippy and violent, it's uniquely told and full of startling images - Observer, Books of the Year

The wildest novel I read all year was easily Nobber, an eye-poppingly anarchic tale of greed and gore in a medieval Irish village struck by the Black Death - Daily Mail, Books of the Year

A tremendously engaging and fun read . . . a crazed, quixotic odyssey - Kevin Barry

Nobber is hallucinatory and sly, conjuring a densely strange and savagely captivating world. There are lots of novels, and there are lots of novels that are all much alike, but there is nothing like Nobber - Colin Barrett

Amid a strange, dark tale come glimpses of a striking new talent - The Times

Pestilence, the Black Death and comedy combine to bemusing and occasionally potent effect in this debut novel from the rising star of Oisin Fagan . . . Nobber is a lively and mischievous work that does a wonderful job of painting pictures for us of abject horror and suffering right before turning them over on to their backs to reveal soft comedic underbellies - Irish Independent

Utterly original, yet reminiscent of Flann O'Brien or Eimar O'Duffy. Nobber is the work of a fierce imagination and an even fiercer pen - Meath Chronicle

A writer out to do whatever the hell he wants . . . a grisly, gross-out slice of medieval life and death, it's vigorously, writhingly itself, spilling out of any box you put it in - Observer

All tremendously good fun: if noir whimsy and highfalutin' bawdiness are your thing, you will find a chortle-worthy moment on every couple of pages . . . Fagan is a skilled storyteller with a rich command of language and rare comedic flair - Irish Times

A bloody and brilliant first novel . . . a dark and bloody tale, well leavened with bone-dry humour, and with a dramatic climax that has about it the flavour of a Jacobean tragedy - Guardian, Book of the Day

Fagan's gleefully ornate prose is full of sly jokes and infused with humour that is less black than acid-bright . . . enough energy, absurdist wit and genuine strangeness to carry the reader through until the end of this ambitious, inventive novel - Sunday Times Ireland

Oisin is a true original. Nobber is brilliant, innovative, relevant, zany, and highly readable - Irish Examiner

[This] surreal, plague-ridden tale is set to become an Irish cult classic - Sunday Business Post

Fagan imbues the book with a hallucinatory shimmer, an almost overpowering medieval viscerality beginning at the edge of madness and gleefully pushed ever further. It's a wild ride - Herald

Nobber may well be one of the most original and entertaining Irish novels since The Butcher Boy - Dublin Review of Books

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