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This is the ritual
Rob Doyle
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'Doyle is as good as everyone - from John Boyne to Colm Tibn - says he is' Daily MailA young man in a dark depression roams the vast, formless landscape of a Dublin industrial park where he meets a vagrant in the grip of a dangerous ideology. A woman fleeing a break-up finds herself taking part in an unusual sleep experiment. A man obsessed with Nietzsche clings desperately to his girlfriend's red shoes. And whatever happened to Killian Turner, Ireland's vanished literary outlaw? Lost and isolated, the characters in these masterful stories play out their fragmented relationships in a series of European cities, always on the move; from rented room to darkened apartment, hitchhiker's roadside to Barcelona nightclub. Rob Doyle, a shape-shifting drifter, a reclusive writer, also stalks the book's pages.
Layering narratives and splicing fiction with non-fiction, This is the Ritual tells of the ecstatic, the desperate and the uncertain. Immersive, at times dreamlike, and frank in its depiction of sex, the writer's life, failed ideals and the transience of emotions, it introduces an unmistakable new literary voice.

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Rob Doyle was born in Dublin. His first
novel, Here Are the Young Men, was published in 2014. It was
chosen as a book of the year by the Sunday Times, Irish Times
and Independent, and was among Hot Press magazine's
'20 Greatest Irish Novels 1916-2016'. Doyle has adapted it for a film with
director Eoin Macken. Doyle's collection of short stories, This is
the Ritual
, was published by Bloomsbury in 2016. Doyle is the editor of
the The Other Irish Tradition (Dalkey Archive Press), and In This Skull Hotel Where I Never Sleep (Broken
Dimanche Press). His writing has appeared in the Guardian, Vice, TLS, Dublin Review, and many other publications,
and he writes a weekly books column for the Irish Times. He
teaches on the Creative Writing MFA at the University of Limerick, and
lives the rest of the year in / Twitter: @RobDoyle1 / Instagram:

I'm tempted to quote Nietzsche back at Rob Doyle: he's not a writer - he is dynamite! Except - like Nietzsche - he's a tremendous writer too. And I have a suspicion that the author of this provocative and thrilling collection is going to get even better
Geoff Dyer

A world-class writer
Joanna Walsh, author of Vertigo

Doyle's fiction deals with life's major themes: sex, death, guilt, shame, the meaning of existence ... Doyle's storytelling is compelling and engaging, suffused with wit, honesty and emotional intelligence
Irish Times

Full of booze, books, sex and despair yet, despite the bleakness of its stories, skewered as they are on broken hearts and broken artistic dreams, Doyle's cocky passion proves irresistible. He writes with the confidence of a literary giant
... A series of heartening and humane interior struggles. Doyle is as good as everyone - from John Boyne to Colm Toibin - says he is
Daily Mail

One of the most exciting emerging voices in Irish literature
Irish Independent

Doyle displays a ludic sensibility … The stories are gleefully nihilistic … He has a gift for evoking the base and unpleasant aspects of life in vivid and visceral detail ... It creates an almost hypnotic effect; a miasmic fictional space into which the reader slips
Times Literary Supplement

A tremendous talent. Every page fizzes with vitality
Kevin Barry, author of Beatlebone

The mutinous fragments of Rob Doyle's fictions are bilious, provocative and unnervingly compelling
Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins

Bleak, brilliant stories … Don't be put off by literary allusions. These compelling vignettes stand up for themselves ... They transport us beyond the routines of our daily round, and are visceral, scatological and frequently disturbing ... It's refreshing to see a young Irish writer keeping up the cloacal tradition introduced by Swift and continued by Joyce
Sunday Times

Bold ... He sets up a metafictional diving board and leaps from it with misanthropic glee ... An authentically manic energy

Ireland is producing some of Europe's finest short-story writers. Latest to shine alongside live wires Kevin Barry, Colin Barrett and Claire Keegan is Rob Doyle with a collection of hilarious, sharp-tongued page-turners ... A bright, poetic, erudite new voice. I loved this
Big Issue

Doyle's characters, and the author himself, tramp and trip over people and places in this fragmented odyssey
RT Guide, 'The best novels of the coming year'

Rob Doyle pulls no punches with his uncompromising style

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