Red Dirt (Hardcover)

By E.M. Reapy

Head of Zeus, 9781784974626, 364pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2017

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Paperback (4/1/2018)

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A group of young Irish migrants leave a man called Hopper for dead on an outback road in Australia. They barely know him; no-one will miss him in their world of hostel wild nights on cheap wine and grinding work on isolated farms. In this powerful novel about the discovery of responsibility, three young people—Fiona, Murph and Hopper—flee the collapse of their country's economy. In the heat and endless spaces of Australia they try to escape their past, but impulsive cruelty, shame and guilt drag them down, and it is easy to make terrible choices.

About the Author

E.M. Reapy was listed for the PEN International: New Voices Award and was featured in The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers.

Praise For Red Dirt

"A remarkably accomplished and vivid debut novel." —Joseph O'Connor, author, Star of the Sea

"Reapy has a dazzling ear for dialogue. . . . This book does for young Irish expats in Australia what Alex Garland's The Beach did for backpackers in Thailand and Dermot Healy's Sudden Times did for a different generation of Irish labourers in London. It's a confident and distinctive debut, and one would have to be dead to the thrill of fiction not to be hugely excited about what its author will do next." —Irish Independent

"Takes the modern Irish immigrant experience and turns it into a thought-provoking, vibrant novel . . . highly impressive writing from a first-time novelist, a story that moves from humour to poignancy with ease." —Irish Times