'You wouldn't get involved, Johnny, would you? What about those terrible bombs? You wouldn't do a bad thing, would you?' Johnny Donnelly is a passionate young man, deeply in love with literature, with his country and with the beautiful Cora Flannery. But he has a secret: he is also an IRA sniper who shoots British soldiers. As Johnny's two lives move dangerously close to collision, he must make sense of both the world he lives in and the choices he has made, in this heart-stopping debut about love, inheritance and the power of redemption.
Mark Mulholland was born and raised in a town on the Irish border, where he left school at sixteen. He now lives with his wife, their four children, and a large library of second-hand books in a farmhouse in France. A Mad and Wonderful Thing is his first novel, and is currently being developed for film.