[fl. 1997]; Northern Irish author of Cool about the Ankles (1997),
memoir set between Manhattan in 1996 and Enniskillen in 1970s, discovering
gulf between Prodesans and Catlicks and football in the carpark;
also The Little Hammer (2000), novel of paramilitary violence;
also The Little Hammer (Vintage 2001).
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Cool about the Ankles (Belfast: Blackstaff 1997), 160pp.; The
Little Hammer (London: Jonathan Cape 2000; Vintage
2000), 224pp.; Sophisticated Boom Boom (London: Jonathan Cape 2003; Vintage 1004), 195pp.
PC [abbrev.], review of Cool about the Ankles (Belfast: Blackstaff
1997), in Times Literary Supplement, 4 July 1997, p.31; Derek Hand, review of Sophisticated Boom Boom in The Irish Times (5 April 2003), Weekend, p.11.
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[Q.a.,], in The Irish Times (2 June 2001), notices The
Little Hammer (2000; Vintage 2001), an Irish comic novel rich in intertextuality;
creates a mood of sustained intensity yet is mercifully free of
the grit-and-frin hysteria which infests so much Irish comic
] the use of language is deft and original; the ornithological
sub-theme is, well, light as a feather - and the narrator makes of the
word unreliable a whole new ball game.
John Kenny, review of The Little
Hammer (Cape), in The Irish Times (18 March 2000) [Weekend]:
The novel concerns the murder of a palaeontologist with his won hammer
by a boy of nine, who relates the deed to his pious upbringing in Fermanagh
and his present situation in an unnamed institution (asylum). Kenny remarks:
The incarcerated madman is a familiar figure in modern
Kellys Irish madman is somewhat derivative (Pat McCabes butchering
[sic] boy is a tangible presence), his activities are sufficiently bizarre
and his voice is sufficiently idiomatic to ensure reasonable individuality.
Further, that Kelly waits until the very end to establish the poignancy
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