A tale of two orphans: brothers growing up in the odour of good whiskey and bad cooking. Into the house of the disputatious Mr. Collopy come two orphaned boys, brothers Manus and Finbarr. This is a tale of growing up in the midst of eccentricity: Mr. Collopy is engaged in mysterious humanitarian work on behalf of women and enjoys progressive-sounding and often blasphemous arguments with his priest, a German Jesuit called Father Fahrt. Manus quickly proves himself a master of business while Finbarr watches and waits. Soon, Collopy embarks on a trip to Rome... Incorporating tight-ropes and Popes, the story is conveyed by O'Brien with quintessential, crazy humour.

Genre: General Fiction

Used availability for Flann O'Brien's The Hard Life

Hardback Editions

January 1977 : UK Hardback
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Title: Hard Life
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0-246-10765-0 / 978-0-246-10765-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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December 1961 : UK Hardback
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Title: Hard Life
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0-261-61637-4 / 978-0-261-61637-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Paperback Editions

March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hard Life
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0-285-63895-5 / 978-0-285-63895-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
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September 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hard Life
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 1-56478-141-0 / 978-1-56478-141-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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November 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hard Life
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0-7432-3176-7 / 978-0-7432-3176-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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October 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hard Life: With an Introduction by Jamie O'Neill
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 1-903650-59-3 / 978-1-903650-59-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books/TownHouse
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December 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hard Life: An Exegesis of Squalor
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 1-56478-042-2 / 978-1-56478-042-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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June 1990 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hard Life (Paladin Books)
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0-586-08951-9 / 978-0-586-08951-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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November 1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hard Life (Paladin Books)
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0-246-13014-8 / 978-0-246-13014-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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1976 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hard Life: An Exegesis of Squalor (Picador)
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0-330-24800-6 / 978-0-330-24800-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pan Books
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August 1977 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hard Life
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0-14-004517-1 / 978-0-14-004517-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

March 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hard Life
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
Publisher: Souvenir Press
Availability: Amazon UK