Debut novelist Rob Doyle is the latest young Irish writer to have made the independent-to-major-publishing-house route to success, with Bloomsbury securing rights for his Dublin-set Here Are The Young Men.
Originally published by Lilliput Press, Here Are The Young Men will now be given a Bloomsbury release in the UK and Ireland this September, followed by the US next year.
Alexa von Hirschberg, Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury, says, “Here Are the Young Men is a fierce, shocking, blackly comic wild ride of a novel – a powerful literary statement about the lives of disaffected and disillusioned young people.
“Rob Doyle does for Dublin what Irvine Welsh did for Edinburgh in Trainspotting. Brave, insightful, philosophical and heartbreaking, it introduces a talented writer at the beginning of what will be a long career.”
Seriously high praise, and fantastic news for Rob, who has written for journals including The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly and Gorse.
Describing his book in an interview in Gorse, Doyle says it is
…a novel set in Dublin in 2003 [...] about a bunch of hard-drinking, drug-abusing, fairly disturbed youngsters, who have finished school, have finished their Leaving Cert, and fall under the malign sway of their psychopathic friend Joseph Kearney, who urges them on to begin committing transgressive acts, which become more extreme and more disturbing as their first summer of freedom goes on. And everything goes to hell, more or less.
Doyle joins Eimear McBride (Galley Beggar Press to Faber), Donal Ryan (Lilliput Press to Doubleday) and Colin Barrett (Stinging Fly Press to Jonathan Cape) as Irish writers treading a path from independent publisher to major powerhouse.
Those three predecessors saw their books claim several awards, and if von Hirschberg’s praise is anything to go by Doyle could be following in their footsteps in that regard too when the 2014 prize-giving season kicks off in earnest in the autumn.