The Coast Road (Hardback)
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The Coast Road (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 09/05/2024
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Deeply moving and evocative of rural Ireland in the 1990s, Murrin's stunning debut sees a woman separated from her husband push against the judgements and prejudices of her small community.

It’s 1994 in County Donegal, Ireland, and everyone is talking about Colette Crowley – the writer, the bohemian, the woman who left her husband and sons to pursue a relationship with a married man in Dublin. But now Colette is back, and nobody knows why.

Returning to the community to try and reclaim her old life, Colette quickly learns that they are unwilling to give it back to her. The man to whom she is still married is denying her access to her children, and while the legalisation of divorce might be just around the corner, Colette finds herself caught between her old life and the freedom for which she risked everything. Desperate to see her children, she enlists the help of Izzy, a housewife and mother of two, and the women forge a friendship that will send them on a spiralling journey – one toward a path of self-discovery, and the other toward tragedy.

Brilliantly observed from a sharp new literary talent, The Coast Road is a novel about a closed community and the consequences of daring to move against the tide.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781526663702
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Beautifully written ... The novel is wonderful on what it means to live in a patriarchal society and the consequences women can suffer for trying to follow their dreams. Compelling - Daily Mail

Murrin’s novel is immaculately crafted, his characterisation beautifully nuanced ... Murrin’s scrutiny of the community’s prejudice is shot through with humour, while he writes perceptively about love, desire and the limitations placed on women ... A compelling, compassionate page-turner - Observer

Packed with shenanigans – affairs, separations, deaths, priests and politics – the narrative unfolds in a gossipy rush that is well suited to the small town milieu. But Murrin attends to a different kind of desperation too, the real and heartbreaking lack of agency for women in difficult, unsatisfying marriages in twentieth century Ireland. This is what elevates his novel, bringing the lives of his distinctive female characters into high definition ... Murrin switches with remarkable ease between the perspectives ... An engrossing read ... A gripping character-driven novel that is accessible and literary in style - Irish Times

An absolute zinger ... A beautifully told, interwoven story full of really vivid characters ... If I didn’t know it was a man who wrote it, I would definitely say it was a woman who wrote it, because he gets under the skin of the women characters in particular really well. Highly recommend it, it’s a beautiful read - Barbara Scully, author of WISE UP [via Instagram]

If the book club queen Reese Witherspoon relocated to the Irish Republic, this would tick all her boxes ... This is an assured and powerful debut, and Murrin shows impressive imaginative power in inhabiting the hopes and fears of married, middle-aged mothers. It’s well worth a slot in your book club calendar ... It is thoughtful, readable and funny, and even occasionally thrilling ... An assured and powerful debut, and Murrin shows impressive imaginative power - Sunday Times

‘Scandal, hypocrisy and the stigma of divorce make this Irish novel sing ... The story is crisply told ... Murrin is sceptically yet tenderly observant' - Telegraph

With nuanced observations, humour and heartbreak, the novel mirrors the backdrop of the sea, whose ebb and flow belies dangerous currents below the surface - Woman & Home, Book of the Month

I loved this novel. All the female characters are complex and fascinating, and full of anger and hope. I found it an addictive read - Gillian Anderson

Alan Murrin is a gifted storyteller, his characters so fully realised I fretted for them as I read. A beautiful, accomplished debut - Louise Kennedy, author of TRESPASSES

Alan Murrin writes with the calm, poetic fluency of the best of Irish writers. The Coast Road is set in Donegal the year before divorce became legal in Ireland, and the many themes are equally – sadly – as relevant now. Women’s autonomy is beautifully scrutinised in a shifting tempo that moves between rage, forgiveness and hope. It’s a stonkingly good novel. Just read it - Sarah Winman, bestselling author of STILL LIFE

Tender, truthful and simmering with rage ... An emotionally eviscerating tale, told in deceptively calm prose - Mail on Sunday

[A] Lyrical debut …With nuanced observations, humour and heartbreak, the novel mirrors the backdrop of the sea, whose ebb and flow belies dangerous currents below the surface - Woman & Home, Book of the Month June 2024

Cheating husbands and wayward wives in a tiny coastal town, set during a time when divorce in Ireland was illegal, Alan Murrin’s The Coast Road had me at hello. The writing is spare and elegant, the setting atmospheric — indeed, Murrin’s Ardglas is a character in its own right. An assured, gripping debut from an author I hope to read more of - Jamie Quatro, author of FIRE SERMON

Psychologically rich, emotionally resonant, and powered by a vivid cast of characters, The Coast Road explores the intimacies that bind individuals and communities together – for better and for worse. This is an incredibly satisfying novel, told with great tenderness and tremendous storytelling verve. A book to be savoured - Colin Walsh, author of KALA

A smashing debut ... Each of the characters is vividly rendered, and Murrin excels at portraying the rippling consequences of small-town gossip and intolerance. This is a marvel - Publishers Weekly

This beautifully atmospheric novel is a dark, unsettling warning about how easily narrow attitudes can turn into dangerous ones. An eerie, urgent debut from an exciting new voice - Neil Blackmore, author of RADICAL LOVE

Propelled by a gripping narrative and powerfully drawn characters The Coast Road makes for compulsive reading. Alan Murrin has written a poignant, utterly truthful story of passions prejudice and tragedy in a small town. Brilliant - Gabriel Byrne, prizewinning actor and author of WALKING WITH GHOSTS

An exceptional debut about marriage and freedom, about love and the ways it can heal and hurt us. A must read for 2024 - Sarah Crossan, author of HERE IS THE BEEHIVE

This story of tragedy and strength casts you into the waves of small-town life - Sainsbury's Magazine

Murrin writes with a masterful ease and confidence ... This is a strong story well told - Debut Digest

Murrin inhabits his female characters with impressive confidence - Financial Times

Alan Murrin is one of the sharpest new minds on the literary scene - Sheerluxe

An astonishingly assured piece of writing ... An intricate and deeply compassionate study of women’s lives and the forces that shape them - Marie Claire

Impressive ... The Coast Road is entirely invested in its characters [and] captures suggestively a specific moment somewhere between Éamon de Valera’s conservatism and the vainglory of the Celtic Tiger era ... It is also an intriguing addition to the the swelling library of contemporary Irish novels – Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These [and] Paul Murray’s The Bee Sting - TLS

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“Tensions rise in a rural Irish village”

An intriguing story – you can feel the tension rise while reading the book. What comes across particularly well is the suffocating feeling of a religious village in the 1990s where things are not made easy for you if... More

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“Compelling & Atmospheric”

Thankyou to the publisher for my copy.
I enjoyed this novel, it was a fast paced read. I liked the various points of view that carried you through the book. It follows the complexities of marriage, motherhood and the... More

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“A treasure of Irish Literary Fiction set in DONEGAL”

Power, conflict and exquisite dialogue: this is a treasure of Irish literary fiction.

I’ll admit I chose this book for its cover. The power of the waves and the loneliness of the cottage intrigued me. I wanted to... More

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