Brilliant – out May 8th

Posted on May 1st, by admin in News. Comments Off on Brilliant – out May 8th

brilliantWhen Uncle Ben’s Dublin business fails, it’s clear to Gloria and Raymond that something is wrong. He just isn’t his usual cheerful self. So when the children overhear their granny saying that the Black Dog has settled on Ben’s back and he won’t be OK until it’s gone, they decide they’re going to get rid of it. Gathering all their courage the children set out on a midnight quest to hunt down the Black Dog and chase it away. But they aren’t the only kids on the mission. Loads of other children are searching for it too, because the Black Dog is hounding lots of Dublin’s adults. Together – and with the help of magical animals, birds and rodents – the children manage to corner the Black Dog . . . but will they have the courage and cleverness to destroy the frightening creature?
Roddy cleverly weaves elements of magical realism into his latest stand-alone novel for children. Set in his hometown of Dublin, the children’s chase through the city leaps from the page and transports the reader into the heart of the action. BRILLIANT first began as a short story written for the St Patrick’s Festival in 2011 and his trademark humour, effortless dialogue and recognisable portrayal of family life are all present and delivered with warmth and wit.
Advance praise for BRILLIANT:
“The children of Dublin battle a terrible malaise through the use of a special word, and a good dose of magic realism.” The Bookseller
“Roddy Doyle’s trademark dialogue with some really great, entertaining characters for children works wonderfully. . . I expect nothing less from one of Ireland’s finest and am so pleased his children’s fiction is as wonderful as his adult’s.”
“This is a really brilliant book. Brilliant characters, brilliant idea, brilliantly written…Just brilliant! It has the signature Roddy Doyle ‘things’ such as talking animals and objects.” James, age 10, c/o


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