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This Is the Ritual

(2016)
A collection of stories by

 
"A tremendous talent. Every page fizzes with vitality." --Kevin Barry, author of Beatlebone

A young man in a dark depression roams the vast, formless landscape of a Dublin industrial park where he meets a vagrant in the grip of a dangerous ideology. A woman fleeing a breakup finds herself taking part in an unusual sleep experiment. A man obsessed with Nietzsche clings desperately to his girlfriend's red shoes. And whatever happened to Killian Turner, Ireland's vanished literary outlaw?

Lost and isolated, the characters in these masterful stories play out their fragmented relationships in a series of European cities, always on the move; from rented room to darkened apartment, hitchhiker's roadside to Barcelona nightclub. Rob Doyle, a shape-shifting drifter, a reclusive writer, also stalks the book's pages.

Layering narratives and splicing fiction with non-fiction, This is the Ritual tells of the ecstatic, the desperate and the uncertain. Immersive, at times dreamlike, and frank in its depiction of sex, the writer's life, failed ideals, and the transience of emotions, it introduces an unmistakable new literary voice.

 
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Used availability for Rob Doyle's This Is the Ritual


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Hardback Editions

January 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: This is the Ritual
Author(s): Rob Doyle
ISBN: 1-63286-536-X / 978-1-63286-536-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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January 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: This is the Ritual
Author(s): Rob Doyle
ISBN: 1-4088-6535-1 / 978-1-4088-6535-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2016 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: This is the Ritual
Author(s): Rob Doyle
ISBN: 1-84351-669-1 / 978-1-84351-669-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Lilliput Press Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

January 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: This is the Ritual
Author(s): Rob Doyle
ISBN: 1-4088-6537-8 / 978-1-4088-6537-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2016 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: This is the Ritual
Author(s): Rob Doyle
ISBN: 1-4088-6536-X / 978-1-4088-6536-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

January 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: This is the Ritual
Author(s): Rob Doyle
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon CA   

January 2016 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: This is the Ritual
Author(s): Rob Doyle
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   


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