Reviews

  • Haunting, mesmerising, and so deeply intelligent about the interwoven strengths and frailties of the human heart.

    Kamila Shamsie
  • 'Memorably disturbing...stylish, deft...very much of the moment...brilliant. Beckett on wheels.'

    Guardian
  • Powerful . . . compelling and profoundly moving...establishes O'Callaghan as one of the most talented contemporary Irish writers.

    Irish Times
  • Lit up with moments of unexpected beauty and humour...heartbreaking, sweetly logical, tentatively hopeful.

    The Spectator
  • Wonderful, wrenching ... full of enormous feelings very precisely rendered.

    Sara Baume
  • Full of wit, charm, and off-beat language - this heartbreaking novel is beautifully drawn in its observation of relationships, intimacy, love and the fragility of family. Unusual, utterly original and mysterious, O'Callaghan is a stunningly good writer. We Are Not In The World is definitely a 2020 must read.

    Elaine Feeney
  • A darkly atmospheric tale of a loner seeking to rebuild his life after a failed love affair. The pursuit of that search, the missteps behind it, and the hard truths he learns in the process are the key concerns of a novel likely to intrigue and unsettle readers.

    Sunday Times Ireland
  • ...the book stays with you, a haunting presence you cannot - and do not want to - escape...astounding

    Ruth Gilligan, Irish Independent
  • O'Callaghan's writing is so precise, so penetrating and endearing, that it all comes together in a gripping way.

    The Big Issue
  • There is a truly ­stunning plot twist that causes the reader to reappraise everything that the narrative has previously articulated . . . packs a real emotional punch

    The Tablet

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