'I had been mistaken for him so many times that when he died it was as if part of myself had died too.'
Kevin Thunder grew up with a double - a boy so uncannily like him that they were mistaken for each other at every turn. As children in 1960s
Of all his books, Mistaken is perhaps the most universal - funny, mysterious and ultimately moving(The Times )
Nothing less than a plangent, incisive poetic wonder of a book(Patrick McCabe, Irish Times )
The novel is so precisely written, in every detail, each syllable weighed, or so it feels that reading slowly, you find yourself watermarked by a tale you don't wish to put down, and can't bear to end . . . Two thing make this tale a stand-out read: First, Jordan's restraint . . . The other coup is the novel's structure - it is essentially an intimate revelation . . . unputdownable(Scotsman )
Written with great skill, confidence and vim . . . utterly convincing: full of subtlety, delicate, piercing prose, charming, lively dialogue and descriptive passages that are poetic, witty and acute. At times it has the pace of a thriller, yet for all its highly specific subject matter it still manages to achieve a feeling of spaciousness in which it is possible for the writer to ponder, with a bit of leisure, the definition of human nature. A fine achievement, a powerful, involving and beautifully written book about identity and loss(Financial Times )
Jordan is a fine writer(Time Out )
A powerfully atmospheric book which turns Dublin into a murky maze of madness and melancholy(Daily Mail )
Neil Jordan has a good eye for visual detail(TLS )
*** a talented writer . . . Jordan's prose is persuasive and crystalline(Metro )
Neil Jordan was born in 1950 in Sligo. He is the author of several critically acclaimed novels including The Past, The Dream of a Beast, Sunrise with Sea Monster, Shade and Night in Tunisia, a collection of short stories which won the Guardian Fiction Prize. He has written, directed and produced a large number of award-winning films including The Crying Game, Michael Collins, The End of the Affair and most recently Ondine. He lives in Dublin.
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