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Backlist Beauties—Upperdown, by David Brennan

Upperdown|David Brennan|Époque Press|ISBN:9781999896065|€9.99

Backlist beauties—in brief

Often in books coverage, we hear only about the hot new thing. A few weeks later, it’s the next hot new thing.

Backlist Beauties is where you can find books you might not be coming across regularly in other features, titles that publishers and booksellers love, and want to talk about.

Next in our series, Époque Press tell us about Upperdown, by David Brennan.


What we love about this book


David Brennan is a superb new Irish writer whose prose sings in a unique and beguiling way. His words draw you into the strange world of Upperdown and into a modern reimagining of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.


Unforgettable. Brennan’s strikingly original voice blends myth and magic with wry observation as he evokes the liminal world of Upperdown.’—Danielle McLaughlin 


A little flavour of what is inside:

The stranger sucks an egg like a slug. The get up on him, like he’s the very Jack O Diamonds walked right off the card and into the café. Ancient symbols on his coat and those are symbols well known to me and me kind. His face is handsome but something repulsive hangs round him like a mist. Most men cannot see, but me, I could always see things like that.

A man with a devil inside him.

Bouncing to get out.

Dancing to get up and howling to get even.

Morning be good to you Sir, I says I.

Takes off his hat reveals a head full of baldness and gently nods, the same to you sir. He’s working on a second egg, peeling it with delicate hands. Long thin fingers and awareness of their movement like they are part of his very soul.

Plays the piano sir, I says I.

How’d you know, he says he.

Remarkable hands.

A line that sings:

“As I wait I drift in me mind hither and dither between equations, looking in dusty crooked little corners for a hint of illumination but wherever I goes I meets only dead ends.”

Cover Design by: Adam Bentley


Upperdown|David Brennan|Epoque Press|ISBN:9781999896065|€9.99

Previously on Backlist Beauties: Hope against Hope, by Sheena Wilkinson (Little Island); Between Dog and Wolf, by Elske Rahill (Lilliput Press)

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