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Julian Gough

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Julian Gough is an award winning author of funny stories about serious things. He won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2007 (when it was the biggest prize in the world for a single short story). His “The iHole” was shortlisted for the one-off BBC International Short Story Award in 2012. He has also been shortlisted, twice, for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

He represented Ireland in Best European Fiction 2010; won a Pushcart Prize in the US in 2011; and represented Britain in Best British Short Stories 2012. London born and Irish raised, he now lives in Berlin.

He is the author of three novels, Juno & Juliet, Jude in Ireland, and Jude in London; two radio plays, The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble, and The Great
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To celebrate the paperback release this week ofExtreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J.G. Ballard, 1967-2008, I've reprinted my Irish Times review of the 2012hardback, below. (That original review has now vanished into the Irish Times archive, behind the paywall.) For those too busy to read the whole review: basically,Extreme Metaphorswas my book of the year. I read it with delight, frequ...

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Juno & Juliet
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 450 ratings — published 2001 — 10 editions
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Jude: Level 1
3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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CRASH! How I Lost a Hundred...
3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Jude in London
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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BANG! The Great Somali Goat...
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Jude in Ireland: Level 1
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2011
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The Orphan and the Mob
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Jude in Ireland
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Jude in Ireland: 1
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The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble (Humor)
1 chapters   —   updated May 24, 2011 04:07PM
Description: A comic story of goats, bubbles, and financial catastrophe. One snowy night, a Somali economist meets an Irish orphan, and tells his tale. This story was first published in the Financial Times, and subsequently turned into a popular lunchtime play on BBC Radio 4.

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A Childhood At Green Hedges by Imogen Smallwood
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“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. ”
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Krazy and Ignatz, 1925-1926 by George Herriman
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Krazy and Ignatz, 1935-1936 by George Herriman
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Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
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A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
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There are Little Kingdoms by Kevin Barry
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Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry
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“You said you didn't want to get involved with me,that one of us would get hurt and how you couldn't bear it. Well that just isn't good enough..Look what happens to people just living their lives. They get hurt, it's not fair they get hurt but they do, all the time, no matter how careful they are. Somebody can just just come along and hurt them, for no stupid reason..”
Julian Gough, Juno & Juliet

“Hurt is a part of life. To be honest, I think hurt is a part of happiness, that our definition of happiness has gotten very narrow lately, very nervous, a little afraid of this brawling, fabulous, unpredictable world.”
Julian Gough, Juno & Juliet

“Love, I thought to myself abstractedly. Not 'This is love' or 'Is this love?' Not a sentence, not a certainty, not a thought with moving parts or direction. Just love, all of it, as it is. Whether it's enough or not. Wthether it's real or we're making it up. However shoddy it gets, or bent out of shape. It's still extraordinary. However foolish, however vain. However badly it ends. Love.”
Julian Gough, Juno & Juliet

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“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. ”
Doris Lessing




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