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Eoin Purcell, of New Island, writes:

“We’re leaving out free copies of Being Alexander, Diarmuid Ó Conghaile’s debut novel, [above] in some key places around the city today and tomorrow in see-through sandwich bags with stickers saying “TAKE ME READ ME I’M FREE” stuck on them. Set in boom-time Dublin, the book is about Alexander Vespucci, a man who is failing at life despite his every effort. Even when he tries to pull it back from the brink, Alexander cannot quite manage it. It’s a book about life, about knowing and noticing things and a satire of Irish society at the height of our recent madness. It has an anarchic wit, an electric pace and is fuelled by a chaotic energy and a dark humour. Diarmuid has really made Dublin a part of the story which is why we are doing this. We hope to give a wider audience a flavour of the book which we think is really great.”

 Being Alexander