City of Bohane
Kevin Barry

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Narrated By: Kevin Barry

Duration: 8 hours and 39 minutes

What to expect

Shortlisted for the 2011 Costa First Novel Award

Winner of the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award


Forty years in the future. The once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the Northside Rises and the eerie bogs of Big Nothin' that the city really lives.

For years, the city has been in the cool grip of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there's trouble in the air. They say his old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight... And then there's his mother.

Genre

Modern & contemporary fiction

Listen to a sample

Hilarious and unpredictable - and always brilliant

Roddy Doyle

Astonishing.This marks him out as a writer of great promise

Guardian

The most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years

Irvine Welsh

An electrifying masterpiece

Joseph O'Connor

Beautiful, arresting, precise...a compelling creation