The Comedian by Joseph O’Connor

From a prolific Irish author with insight into modern male behavior, a story of childhood that is both funny and sad.

It is 1975 in a small town near Dublin. Starsky and Hutch rule the television screen, and, in Northern Ireland, bombs are going off. It is a heady time for a boy whose life is about to change. His father is – by day – a delivery man for a bakery. Da’s dream, however, is to be a comedian, a stage performer, a star.

Who can predict what will happen to this simple family when fame knocks at the door?

Joseph O’Connor’s first novel, Cowboys and Indians (London, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1991), was shortlisted for The Whitbread Prize. This was followed by a volume of short stories, True Believers (Sinclair~Stevenson 1991), and three novels: Desperadoes (Flamingo, 1993); The Salesman (London, Secker & Warburg,1998); Inishowen (Secker & Warburg, 2000); and Star of the Sea (Secker & Warburg, 2002, which was published in 26 languages and received the Prix Littéraire Européan for European Novel of the Year. His latest work is Redemption Falls (Free Press, 2008). Joseph O’Connor lives in Dublin.