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Scenes of a Graphic Nature

Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, 2021

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780349009964

Price: £9.99

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THE RACHEL INCIDENT – Caroline O’Donoghue’s bestselling new novel, a hilarious and heartfelt story of unexpected love – is out now

Charlie Regan’s life isn’t going forward, so she’s decided to go back…

‘A perfect page-turner. I loved it’ DOLLY ALDERTON
‘A gorgeous exploration of all the many forms of love’ IRISH TIMES
‘Wonderful’ MARIAN KEYES

After a tough few years floundering around the British film industry, experimenting with amateur pornography and watching her father’s health rapidly decline, Charlie and her best friend Laura journey to her ancestral home of Clipim, an island off the west coast of Ireland. She knows this could be the last chance to connect with her dad’s history before she loses him.

But when the girls arrive, Charlie begins to question both her difficult relationship with Laura and her father’s childhood stories. Before long, she’s embroiled in a devastating conspiracy that’s been sixty years in the making . . . and it’s up to her to reveal the truth.

One of the most intelligent, well observed depictions of lust, loss, envy, betrayal, friendship and love that I’ve ever read‘ DAISY BUCHANAN

‘A moving and extremely funny look at family, roots and the myth of Irishness’ THE i, ESSENTIAL SUMMER READS

‘Witty, tender and insightful . . . O’Donoghue is a perceptive, clever writer’ GUARDIAN

‘A darkly humorous, keenly observed blend of millennial drift and murder mystery from a razor-sharp writer’ RED

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A dark yet joyous novel about family and friendship
So dark and funny, bleak yet full of heart, touching on friendship and love and belonging ... you're in for a treat
Ayisha Malik
Absolutely loved it. It's an absorbing blend of quarter-life crisis mixed with a bit of mystery
Irish Tatler
Wonderful!!! Scenes of a Graphic Nature had me GRIPPED. About friendship and failure, Ireland and England, love and guilt, cover-ups and brutal honesty. It's really, really, really, REALLY good
Marian Keyes
A gorgeous exploration of the messy and fragile nature of friendship and all the many forms of love, as well as of the primal need we all have to belong
Irish Times
With Scenes Of A Graphic Nature, Caroline O'Donoghue establishes herself as one of the most exciting young Irish writers on the literary scene. Her acerbic wit is matched by her sharp-eyed observations, resulting in a piece of fiction that is dark, gripping, and beautifully written
Louise O'Neill
I was so hooked on this beautiful, funny story of homecoming and self-discovery I didn't want to put it down. The characters are wonderfully drawn and the sense of place is so compelling - it is a mystery, a fireside yarn. There is a little Maeve Binchy in there, a little Keyes, but Caroline has her own voice, and the edge to Charlie and Laura - their difficult, funny and recognisable relationship - is all her own
Keith Stuart, author of The Boy Made of Blocks
Examines self-mythology and long-repressed secrets
Scenes Of A Graphic Nature is a truly extraordinary novel - I inhaled it. It's thrillingly dark, but so moving and human - it's one of the most intelligent, well observed depictions of lust, loss, envy, betrayal, friendship and love that I've ever read. Charlie is so real, courageous, vulnerable, infuriating and adorable. The book itself mirrors Charlie's experience of Ireland - sometimes it's warm and joyous, sometimes it's hostile and terrifying, but even when you know you're in danger, you want to stay for longer and fall even deeper into the pages
Daisy Buchanan
The dark humour will have you guffawing into the pages
A darkly humorous, keenly observed blend of millennial drift and murder mystery from a razor-sharp writer
Sara Manning, Red
Everything in Caroline O'Donoghue's new novel is messy - but in the best way. She covers important themes like family, friendship, nationality, history and health, weaving her narrator Charlie's sense of dislocation into a broader exploration of cultural identity . . . an intriguing read, raising questions about what stories should be told, when, and by whom
Jemma Crew, Scotsman
In the inventive O'Donoghue's follow-up to Promising Young Women, she turns her tart tongue on friendship, exile and what it feels like to return to a place that no longer feels like home
i paper
Witty, tender and insightful . . . O'Donoghue is a perceptive, clever writer
It might be the best novel of 2020
You Magazine, Irish Mail on Sunday
Highly enjoyable: full of momentum and heart. O'Donoghue is a formidable talent
Sunday Business Post
The brilliant O'Donoghue's second novel is a moving and extremely funny look at family, roots and the myth of Irishness
i paper
[An] edgy and astute second novel . . . Caroline O'Donoghue is a master of the Technicolor character, fleshing out even the minor ones with brightness and wit . . . As ever, O'Donoghue is impressive on the complexities of being a young woman and delivers this insight with lively dialogue and a droll acuity that occasionally calls to mind the likes of Nora Ephron . . . O'Donoghue possesses an edginess and a wry sensibility that, despite the book's dark subject matter, ultimately translates into something zesty and companionable. Her easy curiosity about love, lust, loss and losing one's way will doubtless leave readers wanting more
Scenes of a Graphic Nature has all the components of a perfect page-turner: beautiful prose, truthful characters, hilarious dialogue and an addictive plot. I loved it
Dolly Alderton
Put this book somewhere safe, because it is set to be one of those you spend your life reading over and over - discovering new moments and new lessons each time. I've been a huge fan of Caroline O'Donoghue's writing for a long time and I think Scenes of a Graphic Nature - blisteringly funny and clever - is her best work yet. Raw, heartfelt and incredibly compelling, I can't recommend this enough
Lucy Vine, bestselling author of Hot Mess
I absolutely loved it. I felt so connected to the family. It took me on such a journey and I learnt so much; It made me really think about identity, who we are, and why we do what we do. Such a beautiful book, I can't stop thinking about it
Emma Gannon
At the heart of Caroline O'Donoghue's addictive second novel lies a simple and compelling question: can you ever outrun your past? . . . acute, clever and very funny
Sarah Hughes, i paper
A witty story of second-generation immigrants trying to belong, Scenes of a Graphic Nature grapples with love, friendship and identity
Amber Connolly, Heat
Scenes of a Graphic Nature could have been a simpler novel. But, in its refusal to follow the expected trajectory of a prodigal return, it offers us intricate, layered humanity. Charlie Regan, in all her messy glory, is a protagonist we are willing to follow, from England to Ireland, from the past to present, and everything in between this world and the next