One of the most beloved novels from The Overlook Press in our forty years of publishing is Gerard Donovan’s elegant and masterful Julius Winsome. A longtime staff favorite and widely praised by critics, this is an astonishing novel not to be missed.
Living alone in a remote cabin, Julius Winsome’s world is shaken when his dog Hobbes is killed by hunters. That act Of carelessness – or is it cruelty? –sets Julius’s precarious mindset on end. Simply and furtively, revenge begins to creep into his mind. First published in 2006 and now available in a paperback edition, Julius Winsome wrestles with some of the most profound questions in life: What becomes of love when it is lost? Where is the line between justice and revenge? What becomes of a man with nothing left to lose?
Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Let the Great World Spin, called Julius Winsome “a small masterpiece.” And The Financial Times called it “an enormously resonant, wise, and beautiful exploration of grief and solitude, and the bottomless legacy of violence.”
Gerard Donovan is an acclaimed Irish-born novelist, photographer and poet currently living in Plymouth, England, working as a lecturer at the University of Plymouth. Donovan attracted immediate critical acclaim with his debut novel Schopenhauer's Telescope, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2003. He is also the author of Sunless and a collection of short stories, Young Irelanders, both published by The Overlook Press.