The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow

Danny Denton

Published: 3 January 2019
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 368 pages
ISBN: 9781783783663

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


‘[With] dizzying playfulness [and] spectacular set-pieces... Stylish’ New Statesman



The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow combines a gritty dystopian Irish gangster saga with a relentlessly inventive exploration of storytelling and myth. Kevin Barry meets Blade Runner meets, dare I say it, Joyce. Pure geniusBest books of 2018 selected by Ruth Gilligan

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 breakneck ride into a post-apocalyptic world’ Best Books of 2018 selected by Stephen Meyler

A dazzlingly inventive adventure in the possibilities of storytelling, as the Kid heads into his future, with danger on his heels and a lush, brash lyricism as armour for the upcoming battle’ Eithne Farry

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

Inventive, compassionate and delightfully madBook of the Year selected by Lisa McInerney

The most exciting novel I've read in a very long time. Put on your reading wellies and give yourself a treat: this is a novel to wade into and luxuriate in’

This book will blow your mind. Written in a hurl of playful poetry and whip-smart prose... Utterly extraordinary, it's best you read it. Right now’

‘A dystopian baroque, postmodern fairy tale, with gangsters, eternal rain and a contested baby... The world that Denton creates is thrillingly realised’ Fred Melnyczuk

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

‘A turbulent, torrential and tender look at a sodden post-apocalyptic Ireland. It showcased the talents of a writer who is generous and reckless, unafraid of thematic or formal risk, and who possesses dramatic gifts and energy to burnBest books of 2018 selected by Mike McCormack

‘Blade Runner-ish [with] smart pacing... Denton [has a] sparkling turn of phrase’ Louisa McGillicuddy

‘Blurring the borders between dystopian science fiction and myth, Denton proves himself a dab hand at conjuring up a convincing future world and sustaining a suspenseful mood in this inventive debutAlastair Mabbot

‘Denton's captivating debut novel, which imagines a grim dystopian Ireland that is all too believable [is] a highly original novel... Mashing ancient myth with a miserable future, Denton's fierce and distinctive debut should set the books world alightSarah Gilmartin

‘Denton's cinematically vivid descriptions of this drowned world are among many highlights... strikingly ambitious [...] The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow really soars in its style... original, poetic and beguilingDarragh McManus

‘Denton's richly entertaining debut straddles the present like a dripping colossus...Mixing hard-boiled prose with wonderful flashes of lyricism and theatrical interludes [...] Denton spins a fine yarn, and his vision of the future is both believable and gripping’ James Smart

‘Denton's stylish writing is a gorgeous mash-up of lush lyricism, vivid theatrics and heartfelt emotion’ Eithne Farry

‘In any Irish apocalypse the world must end in rain. Danny Denton's debut is a moody, playful and plaintive ballad from the ancient future’ Colin Barrett

‘It's clear that [Denton] is both a serious and talented writer... He [writes] illuminatingly about life as it is actually lived and experienced... This novel will be read with excitement and delight by many’ Alan Massie

‘Just stunning - The Earlie King and The Kid in Yellow is a work of dancing brutality and ferocious tenderness, properly wild, and utterly welcomeLisa 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

‘Raucous... Denton writes with dash, and the Kid's quest is engrossing and sweetly told’ Sam Kitchener

‘What a book. Absolutely marvellousCillian Murphy

‘What distinguishes this ambitious novel is Denton's anarchic language - a propulsive blend of past, present and imagined future... Denton's writing is a heady mix of lyric bursts, memoirs, play script and references to poetry. He puts huge care and craft into depicting Ireland as a ruined society’

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