'An emotional, shocking, gorgeous read, rooted in such painful reality … a magnetic and lyrical read.'
'[A] terrific first novel … Mulholland has pulled off that most difficult of literary quinellas: a serious story, entertainingly told.'
'[A]n extraordinary book; it confronts political and moral choices with a harsh brutality, but is, as well, a great love story.'
Mark Rubbo, Readings Monthly
'[L]yrical, poetic and passionate'
The Saturday Age
'Despite the light-hearted banter, the real pathos underlying the Irish charm and wit permeates the book as Mulholland brings to life Ireland’s bitter, strife-torn history. And he proves an extremely gifted story-teller to boot.'
Elaine Fry, The Weekend West
'Beneath the passion, wit, and poetry of A Mad and Wonderful Thing is an undertow of tragedy. This is a world where our moral certainties are challenged, where gentle domesticity and sudden violence disrupt our expectations.'
‘Excellent. Deeply satisfying and moving … Ireland has a new and exciting voice.’