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The Brilliant & Forever
£9.99
Reprinting January 2017


ISBN:
9781846973376
Categories
Fiction
Imprint
Polygon
Publication Date
03 March 2016
Format
Paperback (also available as an ebook)
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
256

The Brilliant & Forever

by Kevin MacNeil - Find out more about the author

 

 

                             

eBook also available from the iBookstore

SHORTLISTED FOR SALTIRE SOCIETY FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016

On an island like no other, the annual Brilliant & Forever festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends – two human, one alpaca – are chosen to compete, so victory is not only about reward.

The glitterati descends, the festival begins: thirteen performers, each have their own story to tell. Who will be chosen by the judges? Who will be chosen by the people?

This is a novel like no other; a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-loud satire on what we value in culture, and in our lives. And yet, written with exquisite warmth and empathy, The Brilliant & Forever is also a moving exploration of integrity, friendship and belonging. It’ll split your sides and break your heart. 

REVIEWS

'Ultimately, this is a book about how everyone has a story worth telling, and one worth hearing too. Terrific stuff' – Independent

'MacNeil shows himself hugely adept at creating a series of distinctive literary voices, and skilfully weaves these various set-pieces into the main narrative before finally poleaxing the reader with a completely unexpected tragicomic final act . . . a wise warm-hearted meditation on the human condition' – Scotsman

‘Reading The Brilliant & Forever, I felt I was in possession of something really special, far bigger than the sum of its words… It is truly original & memorable, heartbreaking & funny, a bit like life itself...’ – Vivian Bannerman, Main Street Trading Company

'Lyrical, satirical, funny and utterly, utterly heartbreaking' – Heat Magazine

‘It is a joy to read such an engaging, luminous novel’ – The Guardian

‘Light and crispy on the outside, dark and bittersweet inside. Kevin MacNeil in The Brilliant and Forever takes apart a literary festival (nothing like Ullapool - honest) in more ways than one and … has a fiddle around under the bonnets’ – Chris Dolan (Sunday Herald - Best Reads of 2016)

Kevin MacNeil is an award-winning writer from the Outer Hebrides now living in London. He is a novelist, poet, editor and screenwriter. The Brilliant & Forever is his third novel.






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