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Ithaca

(2017)
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Awards
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book (nominee)
Longlisted for the 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize

Ithaca, the ferociously funny and unbelievably poignant debut novel from Alan McMonagle, combines a fiercely emotional story with crackling prose.

This was the summer after all the money disappeared. One minute it was here. The next it had vanished. All of it. Without trace . . . Now that all the money had vanished everyone had their eyes and ears ready for all manner of doom.

Summer 2009, and eleven-year-old Jason Lowry is preoccupied with thoughts of the Da he has never known. In the meantime, his vodka-swilling, swings-from-the-hip Ma is busy entertaining her latest boyfriend and indulging her fondness for joyriding.

Jason escapes to the Swamp: a mysteriously rising pool of fetid water on the outskirts of the town. There, he meets the girl, a being as lost as himself, and with even less regard for reality. Together, they conjure exotic adventures - from ancient Egypt to the search for Ithaca, home of Odysseus. But what begin as innocent flights of fancy soon become forays into hazardous territory; the girl is a dangerous (and very committed) partner in crime.



Praise for this book

"Compelling from start to finish. Read it." - Patrick McCabe


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Used availability for Alan McMonagle's Ithaca

Hardback Editions

February 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Ithaca
Author(s): Alan McMonagle
ISBN: 1-5098-2984-9 / 978-1-5098-2984-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

March 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ithaca
Author(s): Alan McMonagle
ISBN: 1-5098-2987-3 / 978-1-5098-2987-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Ithaca
Author(s): Alan McMonagle
ISBN: 1-5098-2985-7 / 978-1-5098-2985-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ithaca
Author(s): Alan McMonagle
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA