Competition published on February 10, 2017.
It had its own little backstreets, its alleyways of hanging bulbs and ghost trains and Punch and Judy stands … And at the end of one he saw the Hall of Mirrors. There were looping strings of carnival lights leading towards it, and a large sign in mirrored glass reading ‘Burleigh’s Amazing Hall of Mirrors’ and the sign reflected the lights in all sorts of magically distorted ways.
To Andy and his parents, it looks like any other carnival. But of course it isn’t.
Drawn to the hall of mirrors, Andy enters and is hypnotized by the many selves staring back at him. Sometime later, one of those selves walks out and rejoins his parents – leaving Andy trapped inside the glass; to be released and transported to a paradoxical paradise where gravity is meaningless and time performs acrobatic tricks.
And now an identical stranger inhabits Andy’s life, unsettling his mother with a curious blankness, as mysterious events start unfolding in their Irish coastal town…
Exploring identity, adolescence and the loss of innocence, Carnivalesque is a dark, modern fairy-tale reminiscent of the work of Jordan’s former mentor, Angela Carter.
We have a copy of the magical new novel from Oscar-winning film director and novelist Neil Jordan to give away – for your chance to win simply fill in the form below:
“His cinematic sensibility yields prose of the most bewitching kind.” – The Sunday Times
“One of Ireland’s most talented artists.” – John Banville
About the author
Neil Jordan was born in 1950 in Sligo. His first book of stories, Night in Tunisia, won the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1979, and his subsequent critically acclaimed novels include The Past, Sunrise with Sea Monster, Mistaken, Shade and, most recently, The Drowned Detective. The films he has written and directed have won multiple awards, including an Academy Award (The Crying Game), a Golden Bear at Venice (Michael Collins), a Silver Bear at Berlin (The Butcher Boy) and several BAFTAS (Mona Lisa and The End of the Affair). His screen credits include The Company of Wolves (screenplay co-written with Angela Carter) and the TV series The Borgias. He lives in Dublin.
Carnivalesque by Neil Jordan, published on 23 February, 2017 by Bloomsbury Circus in hardback
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