The Brilliant & Forever (Paperback)
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The Brilliant & Forever (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 10/03/2016
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On an island like no other, populated by writers, the annual Brilliant & Forever Festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends - two human, one alpaca - are chosen to compete, so victory is not only about reward. This is a novel like no other; a wonderful, provocative tussle, a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-loud satire on what we value in culture, and in our lives. And yet, written with exquisite warmth and empathy, it's also a moving exploration of integrity, friendship and belonging. It'll split your sides and break your heart.

'It is a joy to read such an engaging, luminous novel' The Guardian

Publisher: Birlinn General
ISBN: 9781846973376
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 247 g
Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Ultimately, this is a book about how everyone has a story worth telling, and one worth hearing too. Terrific stuff'

* Independent *

'MacNeil shows himself hugely adept at creating a series of distinctive literary voices, and skilfully weaves these various set-pieces into the main narrative before finally poleaxing the reader with a completely unexpected tragicomic final act . . . a wise warm-hearted meditation on the human condition'

* Scotsman *

'Reading The Brilliant & Forever, I felt I was in possession of something really special, far bigger than the sum of its words... It is truly original & memorable, heartbreaking & funny, a bit like life itself...'

-- Vivian Bannerman, Main Street Trading Company

'Full of wry detail and satirical flourish, a demonstration of virtuoso storytelling. MacNeil atomises the process of othering by which communities define themselves. All of that makes it sound overly serious, which it isn't: MacNeil's prose style keeps things light, lyrical, and funny'

* The Skinny *

'Lyrical, satirical, funny and utterly, utterly heartbreaking'

* Heat Magazine *

'It is a joy to read such an engaging, luminous novel'

* The Guardian *

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“A beautiful read ”

I picked this book up as it was on display in Waterstones in St Andrews as something about it attracted me to it. I am very glad I did. I read it over the course of a beautifully sunny weekend and I was transported... More

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