Sean Hughes

Life
Successful Irish stand-up comedian; presented his one-man show Alibis for Life at Edinburgh Festival, 1997; first novel, The Detainees (1997), a black comedy concerning the lasting effects of childhood bullying; also It’s What He Would Have Wanted (1999), in which the central character finds his father hanging from a light-fitting and sets out to find the reason.

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Works
The Detainees (NY: Simon & Schuster 1997), 330pp.; It’s What He Would Have Wanted (Scribner 1999), 298ppp.

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Criticism
‘The write sort of laughter’, interview article by Brian Boyd, Irish Times, ‘Weekend’ (23 Aug. 1997), p.15.

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Commentary
John Dunne writes highly appreciative notice of The Detainees in Books Ireland (Oct. 1997), ‘It will propel Sean Hughes into the front ranks of contemporary fiction writers.’ (p.253.)

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