Essay in The Irish Times

Wednesday of last week, I wrote a piece for The Irish Times about why my second novel took so long to appear. Do have a read, if you fancy it.

And this weekend, the extraordinary news that White City debuted at number 2 on the Irish Times Bestseller List. A huge thank you to everyone who bought the book.

You can order White City from Amazon here.

What People are Saying about White City

“As if Martin Amis in his more wickedly funny moments had decided that Monkstown Central was the Year Zero of his fiction […] there’s a powerful social conscience at work here […] An extremely funny book […] Kevin Power shows his chops as a proper heavyweight novelist. Unequivocally one of the most purely enjoyable books, in the classic-novel sense […] a zinger on every page.” Peter Murphy, Arena (RTE Radio 1)

“I can’t recommend it enough. It’s often hilariously funny but it’s also a sharp and smart dissection of contemporary materialism.”  – John Boyne, author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies

“Funny, and gorgeously written, and just relentlessly entertaining” – Mark O’Connell, author of To Be a Machine and Notes from an Apocalypse

‘The kind of novel that makes writers jealous and readers cancel all their plans to finish it. As a commentary on the classless contemporary upper class, it’s cutting and hilarious; as a portrait of the artist as a young man waylaid by his membership in that class, it’s profound, unpretentious, unapologetically intelligent, and, again, really hilarious’  — Lauren Oyler, author of Fake Accounts

White City is both riotous rant and thoughtful coming-of-age tale… capacious and comic… with his well-established fluency with ideas and flair for exhilarating language, [Power] has made a tremendously enjoyable and impressive novel: sharp, current, comic, humane and satisfyingly constructed’ – Giles Newington, Dublin Review of Books

‘White City is a dark, hilarious and emotionally profound study of the toxic effects of greed and entitlement. Also, a story brilliantly and movingly told. Couldn’t stop reading it. Will read it again’  — Ed O’Loughlin, author of Not Untrue and Not Unkind

‘This is part thriller but mostly a look at what it means to grow up… full of ridiculously beautiful, polished, & often scathing sentences. This novel is pleasing on so many levels, both intellectually & emotionally… You’ll laugh, you’ll cry… Read it, read it, read it’  — Claire Hennessy, author, editor & publisher at Banshee Press

‘A fast-paced and wickedly funny novel. Hugely entertaining. White City grabbed me from the opening pages and didn’t let go’  — Danielle McLaughlin, author of The Art of Falling

‘With the brilliant Bad Day in Blackrock back in 2008, Kevin Power more than earned his standing as one of our most prodigious talents. It’s been a while, and anticipation for new work has been high, but White City – wild and beautiful, a whole addictive and breathlessly compelling world squeezed between these covers – has been worth every minute of the wait. A magnificent novel from a writer who is soaring to the most spectacular heights’ — Billy O’Callaghan, author of Life Sentences

‘Outstanding second novel… A brilliantly entertaining novel that is profound in the most unexpected ways. Power is that rarity, a genuinely funny novelist… Yet all the more remarkable is Power’s handling of tone: this novel moves effortlessly between humour and sincerity; it is steeped in empathy and raw anger’  ― Literary Review

‘Worth the wait… Narrative twists and turns keep the reader turning the page, but Power is also a master of striking imagery, with which he threads his text’  ― Irish Independent

‘White City is brilliant on the high-octane vacuity of Ireland’s rentier class. Power’s trademark shimmering prose counterpoints a driving narrative… Brilliant’  — Eoin McNamee, author of Resurrection Man and The Blue Tango

You can buy the book from Amazon here.

More Advance Praise for White City

From two writers I enormously admire, some advance praise for my new novel, White City:

‘A fast-paced and wickedly funny novel. Hugely entertaining. White City grabbed me from the opening pages and didn’t let go.’ (Danielle McLaughlin, author of The Art of Falling)

‘With the brilliant Bad Day in Blackrock back in 2008, Kevin Power more than earned his standing as one of our most prodigious talents. It’s been a while, and anticipation for new work has been high, but White City – wild and beautiful, a whole addictive and breathlessly compelling world squeezed between these covers – has been worth every minute of the wait. A magnificent novel from a writer who is soaring to the most spectacular heights.’ (Billy O’Callaghan, author of Life Sentences

White City is published by Scribner UK on 15th April. You can pre-order from Amazon here.