The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow

Danny Denton

Published: 1 February 2018
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 368 pages
ISBN: 9781783783656


Ireland is flooded, derelict. It never stops raining. The Kid in Yellow has stolen the babba from the Earlie King. Why? Something to do with the King's daughter, and a talking statue, something godawful. And from every wall the King's Eye watches. And yet the city is full of hearts-defiant-sprayed in yellow, the mark of the Kid.

It cannot end well. Can it? Follow the Kid, hear the tale. Roll up! Roll up!

About the author

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Danny Denton is a writer from Cork, Ireland. He has been awarded several bursaries and scholarships for his work, and has published work in various journals. This is his first novel. More about the author


The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow is teeming: A whole world imagined to the smallest glistening detail and to every movement and mood of its pungent, steaming, frightening, and sometimes heartbreaking and piteous characters. It's blackly funny, and brilliant’ Gavin Corbett



‘A great, imaginative cloudburst. Torrential in theme and execution, a mighty debut’ Mike McCormack, author

‘A mythic, tender, mighty tale, Denton's debut seeps under your skin with all the violent urgency of rain’ Kiran Millwood Hargrave

‘Just stunning - The Earlie King and The Kid in Yellow is a work of dancing brutality and ferocious tenderness, properly wild, and utterly welcome’ Lisa McInerney, author

‘Just when you think it's impossible for Ireland to deliver another distinctive voice, another rollicking, playful yet elegant exploration of the deeper myths and traditions that govern life itself; another literary romp that is pleasurable and yet deeply serious at the same time; another amazing first novel by a distinctive voice; another evocative vision of the future as it relates to the present moment and the past-along comes a tour de force called The Earlie King & The Kid in Yellow by Danny Denton. The Earlie King deserves a place alongside Skippy Dies and City of Bohane as one of the best Irish novels to come along in a long time.’ David Means

‘What a book. Absolutely marvellous’ Cillian Murphy

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