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    CRASH! How I Lost a Hundred Billion and Found True Love (Kindle Single)
    by Julian Gough

    The UK Kindle Single #1 hit.

    Jude lives in a henhouse with no roof, that he bought for ten million euro, at the height of the Irish property bubble. One day, his mortgage is rated the debt in Europe most likely to default... The political and financial elite of Europe arrive, with a plan: help Jude put a roof on his henhouse, stabilize his debt, and reassure the markets. It all goes horribly wrong.

    "This novella is very funny – laugh-out-loud at times…Gough is one of our most talented satirists" — The Irish Independent

  • Jude in London
    Jude in London
    by Julian Gough

    Shortlisted for both the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize, and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, Jude in London is an epic, comic exploration of the bizarre love triangle between language, consciousness, and reality. Which is all very well, if you're into that sort of thing.

  • Jude: Level 1
    Jude: Level 1
    by Julian Gough

    Shortlisted for the 2008 Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

    The novel's prologue won the biggest prize in the world for a single short story - the BBC National Short Story Prize.

    "Sheer comic brilliance" - The Times

    "The best comic novel I've ever read" - Tommy Tiernan

    "Could be the finest comic novel since Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman" - The Sunday Tribune

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    Juno and Juliet
    by Julian Gough

    My first novel, of which I am very fond. The adventures of teenage twin sisters Juno & Juliet, in their first year away from home. Life, love and literature, in Galway and Tipperary.

     

    "Like Roddy Doyle in an extremely good mood" - The Washington Post

    "A modern, at times brilliantly ironic reworking of the classical fairytale, with nods to Shakespeare, Austen and Beckett." - Literary Review

    "Hugely entertaining" - Vogue

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Friday
Aug102007

Prison, murder, fork-lift trucks, whisky and milk.

The more eventful life gets, the less time available to blog about the events. This tension is at the heart of blogging: running a well-crafted and frequently updated blog is best suited to a mildly depressed person who hasn't left their  house for a month.

 

I, as you can probably tell from the long silence, have been cheerful, and out of the house.

 

Since last I posted, I have been in Her Majesty's Prison, Birmingham,  performed at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk,  passed a few days in a Buddhist retreat centre in Cavan, met up with old friends in Tipperary, Galway, Dublin, Bray, Kildare, London, and Berlin, had interesting conversations with cocaine smugglers, drunken novelists, monks, and marine biologists. I have been awarded a Monaghan GAA medal, been photographed lying on the pavement in front of the GPO on O'Connell Street, and invited to write articles, kiss strangers, and play football. I have peered into the bulk storage tank of a milking parlour, been handed a large Celtic Cross in a Leitrim pub (made by a senior IRA member while interned in the Curragh during World War Two, out of matchsticks taken from the floor of that pub and sent to him by his mother), and fed home-made treacle bread.


I have passed through shrine rooms, paddling pools and X-ray machines. I have looked up Damon Albarn's nose. I have chatted with the delightful James Franco (Harry Osborn in the Spiderman films). I have failed to answer several hundred emails. I have stagedived at  three readings. I have read, written, and edited. I've had an article published. I have had a novel reprinted. I have been reviewed, interviewed, and body searched. I have lost my temper. I have brushed my teeth.

 

I have officially launched a novel in Filthy McNasties pub in Islington, signed hardbacks all day in a warehouse in Littlehampton, and tried to track down mysterious parcels that were sent to me in Berlin while I was away, and returned by Deutsch Post to their mysterious senders.

 

I have gone speeding in the tallest forklift truck in the world. 

 

I have drunk strong whisky (Laphroaig quarter cask, 48% alcohol by volume when bottled, barrier filtered, single Islay malt), and used strong language. I've drunk milk, and spoken mildly.

 

I have picked a fantasy football team, and read the poetry of Matthew Sweeney, and of T. S. Eliot, and of Dr. Seuss.

 

Friends of mine have married, sold cattle, broken their noses, and given evidence in murder trials. 

 

I have slept (but not enough, not enough) in tents, five star hotels and fields. On couches, floors, beds,  futons, and grass.

 

I've watched the Atlantic advance up the beaches of Salthill, and liquidity retreat from the markets of the world. 

 

I'll try to post something about some of it sometime but the future is arriving faster than I can process the past. 

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"...running a well-crafted and frequently updated blog is best suited to a mildly depressed person who hasn't left their house for a month." Too true, too true! You've been so busy I'm exhausted just reading it. I'm going to stay in for an extra month especially (during which I will read a novel of yours. Where can you get your hands on one in Berlin?).
August 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBiB
I'm going to stay in for a month and read your blog, which looks interesting.

Jude: Level 1 might be available from the lovely people in Hund, Hammer, Stein, on Alte Schönhauser Strasse. But I'm not sure... I do think it's possible for shops here in Berlin to order it from a wholesaler, so almost any shop could do so (including of course the English language ones like St. George English Bookshop, and East of Eden...) Failing that, amazon.de have it. Or amazon.co.uk, with a lower price but higher postage...

Or you could just borrow my copy, but I'd want it back...
August 12, 2007 | Registered CommenterJulian Gough
Couldn't steal your copy. What if I lost it, or got jam on it or something? Will pop down to Alte Schönhauser Strasse, or resort to Amazon if need be. Or will all good bookshops in the UK be stocking it? I should be in London next week.
August 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBiB
All good bookshops in the UK are indeed stocking Jude: Level 1. In fact, stocking Jude: Level 1 is the very definition of what makes a bookshop Good. Borders (and Books Etc) have it in their promotions and are thus Very Good Bookshops Indeed.

Lots of good independent bookshops have it too, and an increasing number of Waterstones...

Blimey, though, if you're Broke in Berlin, BiB, what will you bee in London? It costs you thirty quid every time you sit down there. Even leaning against a wall costs a tenner.
August 15, 2007 | Registered CommenterJulian Gough
Not at all within the super-strict one-month deadline I set myself but I have, at last, both managed to get my hands on a SIGNED copy of your book - at least I hope it wasn't a doodle from the kind lady in the very bookshop you recommended - and have read it and laughed like a drain. And, I hope you'll be happy to hear, it even caused a bit of an argument as my beloved came home from a hard day doing nothing the other day and I was just coming to the end of the book and couldn't bear to leave it and get up and greet him. So hurrah! But you cunning old trickster. Sequels. Tell me, can I ONLY read them online? That might give me BSE. Do they exist as good, old-fashioned books too?

(Yes, I had to start mugging people for train-fare the second I set foot in London.)
November 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBiB
Dear old BiB! I am delighted you made it back from London alive and with both kidneys. So few do. Yes, that is my True and Authentic signature on the copy you bought in Hundt, Hammer, Stein. I popped in and signed them for Kurt, the owner. A very nice and helpful man, Kurt. (He's managed to get me English-language books for the next day, when I've needed them for something I've been writing to a deadline...)
November 18, 2007 | Registered CommenterJulian Gough
Thank you For your Topic. It's Very UseFul For me And my Organization to Development In The Feature.
January 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterForklift
I love the way you write. stream-of-consciousness like. Keep it up.
May 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterforklifts
Good to hear you've been speeding in a forklift, I believe it's on many peoples top 10 lists of things to do before they die.
September 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

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