The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow

Danny Denton

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

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Published: 25 January 2018
Trade Paperback, Demy PB
135x216mm, 368 pages
ISBN: 9781783783656

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Ireland is flooded, derelict. It never stops raining. The Kid in Yellow has stolen the babba from the Earlie King. Why? Something to do with the King's daughter, and a talking statue, something godawful. And from every wall the King's Eye watches. And yet the city is full of hearts-defiant-sprayed in yellow, the mark of the Kid.

It cannot end well. Can it? Follow the Kid, hear the tale. Roll up! Roll up!


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



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 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

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

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

‘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 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 marvellous’ Cillian 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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