Two of Hollywood’s leading actors, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons, and Channel 4’s celebrated newscaster Jon Snow have commented enthusiastically on the recently published Dundalk novel A Mad and Wonderful Thing.
The book was released to huge acclaim earlier this year – firstly in Australia and then in Europe – by former Beerkeeper publican Mark Mulholland, who now resides in France.
Liam Neeson commented yesterday on the locally set book: “I thought it excellent. Deeply satisfying and moving. I also think that sufficient time has passed since the Good Friday Agreement to, at last, have a novel that goes inside the head of one of the ‘Troubles’ protagonists and hear the pros and cons of the conflict (to take up arms or not) told in an original and exciting way. All Mark’s hard work has paid off. Ireland has a new and exciting voice.”
Jeremy Irons says of the novel: “A great read. I enjoyed this book very much.”
And the influential Jon Snow says of A Mad and Wonderful Thing: “Remarkable, it in some way insisted itself upon me. It’s an emotional, shocking, gorgeous read, rooted in such painful reality. And I’m grateful, so grateful to Mark Mulholland for writing such a magnetic and lyrical read.”
“It is a extraordinary thing that the three great men above have read the book,’ author Mark Mulholland says. “And not just that they read it but that each has taken the time to express their reactions so deliberately and openly, and to comment so warmly. Fair play to them.”
Mark continued: ‘Writing is one thing, getting published is another, and getting attention or circulation for the work is something else again. They are each a battle. But with allies such as these, battles can be endured, and, who knows, perhaps, small victories won.”
Mark Mulholland will be giving a series of talks on his writing during the upcoming Brisbane Writers Festival, and later in September, too, in Melbourne.