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The Stray Sod Country

(2010)
A novel by

 
 
It is 1958, and as Laika, the Sputnik dog is launched into space, Golly Murray, the Cullymore barber's wife, finds herself oddly obsessing about the canine cosmonaut. Meanwhile, Fonsey 'Teddy' O'Neill, is returning, like the prodigal son, from overseas, with brylcream in his hair, and a Cuban-heeled swagger to his step, having experienced his coming-of-age in Butlin's, Skegness. Father Augustus Hand is working on a bold new theatrical production for Easter, which he, for one, knows will put Cullymore on the map. And, as the Manchester United football team prepare to take off from Munich airport, James A Reilly sits in his hovel by the lake outside town, with his pet fox and his father's gun, feeling the weight of an insidious and inscrutable presence pressing down upon him. From the closed terraces and back lanes of rural Ireland to the information highway and global separations of our own time, "The Stray Sod Country" is at once an homage to what we think we may have lost and a chilling reminder that the past has never really passed. With echoes of Peyton Place, and Fellinni's Amarcord, and with a sinister, diabolical narrator at its heart, this is at once a story of a small town - with its secrets, fears, friendships and betrayals - and a sweeping, grand guignol of theatrical extravagance from one of the finest writers of his generation.



Praise for this book

"Hilarious." - Edna O'Brien

"If Roddy Doyle is the Beatles of modern Irish Fiction, then Patrick McCabe must be its Rolling Stones." - Irvine Welsh


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Hardback Editions

October 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Stray Sod Country
Author(s): Patrick McCabe
ISBN: 1-4088-0379-8 / 978-1-4088-0379-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

September 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Stray Sod Country
Author(s): Patrick McCabe
ISBN: 1-4088-0998-2 / 978-1-4088-0998-3 (UK edition)
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October 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Stray Sod Country
Author(s): Patrick McCabe
ISBN: 1-4088-1415-3 / 978-1-4088-1415-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Stray Sod Country: A Novel
Author(s): Patrick McCabe
ISBN: 1-60819-274-1 / 978-1-60819-274-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Audio Editions

March 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Stray Sod Country
Author(s): Patrick McCabe
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March 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Stray Sod Country
Author(s): Patrick McCabe
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March 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Stray Sod Country
Author(s): Patrick McCabe
Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
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Kindle Editions

October 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Stray Sod Country
Author(s): Patrick McCabe
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October 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Stray Sod Country: A Novel
Author(s): Patrick McCabe
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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