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Head of Zeus
Bogmail by Patrick McGinley

A rediscovered classic of Irish literature, this darkly comic tale tells of murder and its consequences.

Set in a remote village in the northwest of Ireland, Roarty, a publican and former priest, kills his lecherous bartender and buries him in a bog. When Roarty begins to receive blackmail letters, matters quickly spiral out of his control.

Alive with the loquacious brio of his pub's eccentric regulars, and full of the bleak beauty of the Donegal landscape, Patrick McGinley's rural gothic novel is a modern masterpiece.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Fiction
10 Aug 2017 * 304pp * £6.99 * 9781786696601
'A rich and loving novel, Bogmail is full of wonder'
New York Magazine
'Dark, twisted and blackly hilarious'
Declan Burke
'A horrific concoction of filth ... a picture of life in Donegal that is revolting in the extreme ... A shocking libel'
Donegal Democrat
'A beguiling crime fiction-flavoured cocktail which McGinley serves up with lively, lyrical and literary flair while conjuring an evocatively rendered rural backdrop'
Irish Times
'There's a point in this book when you realise you are sinking into this scurrilously funny tale of murder and mania, and that you wouldn't have it any other way ... McGinley's use of language is a marvel ... There are snatches of Beckett in here, and oodles of what Joyce termed a "scrupulous meanness" in drawing the characters'
Irish Examiner
Patrick McGinley
Patrick McGinley
Patrick McGinley settled in Britain in the 1960s and now lives in Kent. His eight novels include Foggage, The Trick of the Ga Bolga and Goosefoot, which was made into a film.
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