The Wild Laughter

Pages: 208
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

The Wild Laughter

Caoilinn Hughes

An exhilarating, anarchic look at contemporary Ireland, from one of the country's most exciting new voices
9781786077806 (7 May 2020)
RRP £14.99 / US$25.95

The Book

It's 2008, and the Celtic Tiger has left devastation in its wake. For Hart and Cormac Doharty life continues as normal - at least at first. But when their father falls ill, the boys face a devastating choice. Their family, and their community, are in crisis, and there's nothing more dangerous than two men with nothing to lose.

This bold, razor-sharp take on the consequences of one life-changing decision fizzes with the voice of rural Ireland. By turns outrageous, hilarious and dark, this is an unmissable snapshot of a family, and a nation, that finds itself suddenly unmoored. The Wild Laughter cements Caoilinn Hughes's position as one of Ireland's most audacious and talented young writers.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 208
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Caoilinn Hughes is the author of Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld 2018), which won the Collyer Bristow Prize, was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Awards, the Butler Literary Award and longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award. Her poetry collection, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014), won the Shine/Strong Award and was shortlisted for four other prizes. Her work has appeared in GrantaPOETRYTin HouseBest British PoetryBBC Radio 3 and elsewhere. She has a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and she was recently Visiting Writer at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. For her short fiction, she won The Moth International Short Story Prize 2018 and an O.Henry Prize in 2019.


'Caoilinn Hughes is a massive talent.' 

- Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of All the Light We Cannot See

'Caoilinn Hughes is a writer of immense ability and vitality - she's a true natural, with the talent to match her ambition.'

- Kevin Barry, author of Night Boat to Tangier

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