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Glorious Exploits

Glorious Exploits

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I’m surprised to hear Lennon doesn’t have much performing experience, so vividly does he evoke the unifying power of theatre. But he does compare writing fiction to method acting, and he certainly succeeds in getting under his characters’ skins. A “deeply flawed” narrator, Lampo’s “rogue’s confession” reveals his vulnerabilities, earning your affection and trust. His gags and missteps make you laugh, roll your eyes and ultimately root for him as he falls in love and learns to fight for what he wants. One perennial challenge is choosing what to omit from a mountain of research. To absorb the classical mentality, Lennon read extensively, intending to write about the Peloponnesian War. His eureka moment came when he decided that, like Homer’s “Iliad”, which chronicles the rage of Achilles rather than the whole Trojan War, he would focus on a short episode. The festival will be opened by Shirley Keane and Fiona Linnane; Saturday 25th will feature authors Casey King, Seán Hewitt, Donal Ryan, Claire-Louise Bennet and Maylis Besserie, who will be interviewed by her translator Clíona Ní Ríordáin and Doireann Ní Ghríofa. Maggie O’Neil will lead the Kate O’Brien Hour on Sunday 26th, preceding the presentation of the Kate O’Brien Award for 2023 with a reading by each of the three shortlisted authors, Sheila Armstrong, Emilie Pine and Olivia Fitzsimons. I know what you must think and I . . . stop it Captain, I’m sorry, he’s . . . I know what you must think of me. I’m . . . Captain!’

I mean, I’ve never not had a day job but I found it helpful to have that structure. One book does not a writing career make…so I think it’s very unwise to bank on this idea of becoming a career writer because that’s not something that is afforded to most writers.” No Sophocles, nor Aeschylus, nor any other Athenian poet. You can recite them if it pleases you, but water and cheese are only for Euripides. Now, my man. What have you got?” A very special, very clever, very entertaining novel' Roddy Doyle, author of Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha Having spent about seven years in Paris, Lennon now lives in Norwich with his family. He studied history and classics at University College Dublin, then graduated into the 2008 economic crash and taught English in Granada while making his first forays into writing. Later, he did an MA at UEA, taking Rebecca Stott’s “brilliant” historical fiction class alongside Imogen Hermes Gowar. Syracuse is battle-scarred, orphaned children running amok, and the novel contemplates the difficulty of forgiveness in the aftermath of war and the moral complexities of imprisonment. Although the book was begun long before, it’s tempting to draw parallels with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Like Russia, says Lennon, Athens never publicly stated that its aims were imperialistic.

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Fear not,” says I. “We come not to punish, though you Athenian dogs deserve punishment. Gelon and I are merciful. We come—” On the island of Sicily amid the Peloponnesian War, the S An utterly original celebration of that which binds humanity across battle lines and history. I will be buying this for myself and for others when it releases. I am truly thankful I was allowed to read it! But as the audacity of their enterprise dawns on them, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish between enemies and friends. As the performance draws near, the men will find their courage tested in ways they could never have imagined ... This is, without a doubt, the single most important piece of #ancienthistory fiction published in the past decade (if not longer).

As a lover of Euripides and the classical playwrights, I thought this book was a fantastic modern tribute to them, highlighting the intersections between politics, war, ethics, and drama in the classical world. Like his hero, Hilary Mantel, Lennon approaches an historical turning point—the Athenian invasion of Sicily during the Peloponnesian War—from an unexpected angle, writing about Athens and theatre from an illiterate Syracusan potter’s perspective. Lennon’s fiction has appeared in The Irish Times and the Stinging Fly and his stories have been nominated the Hennessy Emerging Writer Award and the Galley Beggar Short Story Prize. In 2019 and 2021, he was awarded Arts Council bursaries. I have struggled for some time to write this review, as I have struggled to summarise just how much, and in how many ways, I love this book. And how I think it is so necessary, and so vital, particularly to our understanding of the ancient world.It's 412 BC, and Athens' invasion of Sicily has failed catastrophically. Thousands of Athenian soldiers are held captive in the quarries of Syracuse, starving, dejected and hanging on by the slimmest of threads.



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