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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905847246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905847242
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 962,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Sheer comic brilliance'
The Times

'Julian Gough is a wonderful writer'
Sebastian Barry

'Julian Gough gives a new shine to an antique mode, the Quixotic picaresque, as he relates the antic adventures of a Tipperary orphan. It's clever, it's nuts, and there are moments of comic greatness'
Kevin Barry, Irish Times, Books of the Year, 2007

'Clever and laugh-out-loud hilarious'
Mail on Sunday

'This is funny. It is also, possibly, quite serious. Certainly, it endears'
Irish Times

'Gough's novel is like the picaresque bastard love-child of Flann O Brien and Matt Groening, and yet is all Julian Gough. Possibly the finest comic novel to come out of Ireland since At Swim Two Birds, it recounts the story of Jude, an orphan, as he wanders through Ireland in a quest to find his true love and uncover the secret behind his parentage . . . Gough makes it look easy, with an instinctive sense of timing, and a razor sharp and subversive intellect'
Sunday Tribune, Books of the Year, 2007

'Twenty-first century Irish satire has well and truly arrived thanks to Toasted Heretic frontman, Julian Gough'
Metro, Fiction of the Week

'Jude makes most other contemporary Irish novels look like a pile of puke'
Olaf Tyaransen, Evening Herald

'Like Flann O'Brien before him, Gough has written a highly effective satire of contemporary Ireland by combining an eye for bizarre detail with a relentlessly anarchic prose style and structure . . . Jude in Ireland is an extremely original and surprising book which goes some way to making up for the dearth of literary responses to the changes brought by the Celtic Tiger. Jude in Ireland succeeds where few have tried in making us laugh at the grotesqueness of 21st-century Ireland.'
Sunday Independent

'Outrageously comic and satirical . . . a madcap romp which mercilessly sends up some of the sacred cows of modern Ireland, and even uses child abuse in an orphanage as a source of fun. It s a brilliant story (a sort of Celtic Tiger Myles na gCopaleen) guaranteed to put the painful into laughter.'
Irish Independent

'Gough's preoccupation with the Greeks at the time of Aristophanes comes across in his writing, echoing the belief that comedy is superior to tragedy, being the Gods' view. That is not to say that Jude is not a serious novel; it is deeply humorous, but Gough is deadly serious in his writing . . . With his inventive approach to publishing and disregard for literary conventions, Gough has written an epic novel for the 21st century, which, truly, no one else could have written.'
Aesthetica Magazine

'Julian Gough's Jude in Ireland manages an opening line that is bound to become a part of literary history . . . I defy any Indian reader to read the account of a Fianna Fáil political rally at the beginning of the book and not find it both familiar and hilarious . . . A ridiculous, brilliant piece of writing.'
Sunday Guardian, India

'A tour de farce, a comic chronicle of the history of the Irish psyche which takes the reader from the middle of the 20th century to the post-Celtic Tiger ennui of today, at breakneck speed.'
Galway Advertiser


Jude is a Tipperary-reared orphan who on his 18th birthday sets off to discover the wide world and his true parentage. His picaresque adventures take him first to the "Sodom of the West" - Galway - where he falls in love, encounters temptations galore and, disguised as Stephen Hawking, unwittingly blows up the HQ of a Multi-National Corporation - and himself. With his face reconstructed into the spitting image of Leonardo DiCaprio (apart from the small matter of an erectile nose) Jude travels on foot to the inferno of Dublin, in hot pursuit of Angela, ex-Galway chipshop employee and his True Love. A spectacular chase through the city of Ulysses ensues, transformed by Gougha??s talent into a dazzling metaphor of 21st century violence, alienation and progress.

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