Honest Ulsterman

‘… a conversation emerged that returned on several occasions to the themes of communication and representation, their inevitable failures and the persistent, urgent necessity to pursue some form of apotheosis through language. We talked. We waited. No conclusions.’

David Haughey asked me a lot of in-depth, insightful questions in this interview in the latest edition of The Honest Ulsterman.

New novel in June 2018

My new book Jott will be published by John Murray on 16th June 2018.

In February of 1935, two young Irishmen walk in the grounds of a London mental hospital. Arthur Bourne, a junior psychiatrist, is about to jeopardise his future for his closest friend, an aspiring writer called Louis Molyneux.

Arthur has been overshadowed since childhood by his brilliant, troubled friend. But after years of playing the unassuming companion, he is learning that loyalty has its costs: that old friendship may thwart new love, and perhaps even blur distinctions between the sane and the mad…

Jott is a story about friendship, madness and modernism from the author of Communion Town.