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Award-winning, Independent Bookshop in South Dublin

The Company of Books is an award-winning, independent bookshop in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. We stock an extensive range of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books which are available in the shop and on our site. 

Now Now Express, The

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ISBN: 9781803528656
Author: John Fleming
Format: Paperback

It’s all about this deluded Dublin guy, Patrick, in 1980s London. With the Mocking Boys, he locates himself outside of emigration. Sneering at themselves as the greatest minds of their generation, they force their friendship into a brick wall.

Patrick nurtures himself as a low-key patron saint. Bolstering British culture, he feeds it back insights gleaned from books, films, TV, the NME, comics and music heard on John Peel.

But in this world of inverse ambition, all is not right. A participant observer of his age, he is broken-hearted and scornful. He lionises earlier migrant waves of the hardworking Irish. He lives as a melancholic leech on London life. Walking, sleeping, drinking, Patrick feels out of sync with his life cycle. He dreams a train always missed – he dreams he will derail it. And everything explodes after a St Patrick’s Day pub crawl. When the Now Now Express grinds to a shuddering halt.

Time wasted. But worth it. Because amid the mocking and disdain, he vows to one day create a selective sociological fresco.

This novel is about as close as he got.

It is a portrait of a diaspora who adhered to something existential, underground and culturally cynical. Patrick takes on a twisted identity of the Irish patron saint while nursing his own broken heart. The Now Now Express follows his trajectory across London as a participant observer of the brain drain and maps the collapse of his sympathy for his friends. He lionises the older Kilburn-style migrants of the 1950s. The novel explores the 1980s migrant wave of suburban, educated and forward-looking Irish who were still rooted in much of the sentiment of Ireland’s past.

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About The Company Of Books

The Company of Books opened at 96 Ranelagh Village in November 2009 and has been gathering good reviews and loyal customers since.  Country Finalist for Independent Bookshop of the Year 2021 (Booksellers Association) and Dublin Winner of An Post Bookshop of the Year.

We have an eclectic mix of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books offering something for everyone. Spot a review of a book you’d like to read? Contact us and if we don’t have it, we’ll order it for you.

We also sell book vouchers and a range of beautiful cards and stationery.

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