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    • ISBN:9781782067122
    • Publication date:24 Oct 2013

It Can't Go On

By Joseph Connolly

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  • ISBN: 9781782067023
  • Publication date: 01 May 2014
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: riverrun
'The repetitions and ruminations of a multitude of inner voices, the comic set pieces and the horrified hyperreal prose are as spot-on as ever, but Connolly's new and deeper subject for steely dissection is the pain of abandonment' Guardian. — Guardian
'Connolly's immaculately plotted comedy-of-manners ... like a weird mix of Dickens and Martin Amis ...This is the sort of book it is quite impossible to put down' The Times. — The Times
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