On the eve of Angolan independence, Ludo bricks herself into her apartment, where she will remain for the next thirty years. She lives off vegetables and pigeons, burns her furniture and books to stay alive and keeps herself busy by writing her story on the walls of her home. Until one day she meets Sabalu, a young boy from the street.
WINNER OF THE 2020 CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER AWARD WINNER OF THE 2018 HAMMETT PRIZE 'A great read, combining brutal action with a moving love story; gorgeous writing, too' Ian Rankin 'Exceptional' Stephen King
2021's premier prize for children’s books in Irish, Gradam Réics Carló, has been won by CLUASA CAPAILL AR AN RÍ (The King with Horse’s Ears). A reimagining of the age-old story of Labhraí Loingseach by Bridget Bhreathnach. The story of Labhraí Loingseach, the king with horse’s ears, is known and loved in Ireland.
Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness.
The author grew up under the spell of an unorthodox, enigmatic father. An undercover guerrilla agent during the Second World War, in peacetime he lived on his wits and dazzling charm. As his memory began to fail, he embarked on a quest to unravel his story once and for all. In this book, he tells his story.