John Kelly



"a careful attention to detail, a cherishing and relishing of the quotidian beauties that are the lyricist’s stock-in-trade and, above all, a valuing of human connection...

This is well-connected, socially situated poetry, a poetry that exemplifies that old mantra of Forster’s, “only connect!”

Caitríona O'Reilly - The Irish Times

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“These are very remarkable and compelling poems.With strong narratives and events, vivid and surprising language, and a marvellous square-on exactness.”

Bernard O’Donoghue


From Out Of The City

John Kelly’s novel is inventive and intense and — more to the reader’s point — it’s luxuriously involving.

Richard Ford

From Out of the City is intricate, outrageous, sophisticated, funny and wonderfully entertaining: what more could a reader ask?

John Banville

Wild and fresh and invigoratingly demented — this is a fiercely funny novel that will bring to mind the glorious excesses of writers like J. P. Donleavy, John Kennedy Toole and Thomas Pynchon.

Kevin Barry

A big rip-roar of a novel: deeply nuanced, authentic, madcap, and very, very funny indeed. From Out of the City subverts itself and diverts us at the very same time: a wonderful new Irish novel.

Colum McCann

The Little Hammer

Rampant wit and a deft and elegant control of language... a glittering debut

The Times

John Kelly is an immensely gifted writer – he can do things with the spoken language that are rare to behold and behear

Tom Paulin

The Little Hammer is comic gem

Glasgow Evening Herald

Immediate, passionate and shot through with descriptive brilliance, the narrative voice is both charming and convincing

The Guardian

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Sophisticated Boom Boom

A witty, inventive, exhilarating novel which marks out its own territory with confidence.

The Guardian (Read the full review here)

A universally applicable evocation of male adolesence 

Sophisticated Boom Boom as recommended by William Gibson when asked about his bedside reading by the London Independent

Wonderful.  Very touching.

Elvis Costello

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