For a classic urban sass novel, cult hit Cartoon City by Ferdia MacAnna is hard to beat, with its wild cast of misfits, rebels and Dublin denizens.
Anti-hero Myles seeks an out from his journo work. When he falls for the redoubtable Mia, however, he is drawn into the heart of Dublin’s underworld with some alarming – and hilarious – consequences.
Ferdia MacAnna’s career has brought him from comic writing to memoir, literary fiction and film direction. This is his third novel, originally published by Headline in 2000, that romps through a comic tale of crime, passion and surreal humour at breakneck pace. With an eye for characterisation and a flair for Dublinese, it pogos along like Flann O’Brien with rock’n’roll.
The second edition of Cartoon City will be published in time for its twentieth anniversary – expected to crash land on bookshop shelves, online and in electronic format in 2020.
Watch this space.