The Brilliant & Forever
The Brilliant & Forever
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SHORTLISTED FOR SALTIRE SOCIETY FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016
‘Clever without every being showy, it celebrates language and literature in a manner that is passionate and playful but with serious intent at its core. No book I read in 2016 offered me more’ – Sunday Herald, Best Reads of 2016
‘Kevin MacNeil has pulled off the difficult trick of making readers laugh first, then making them think. Evidence of a writer at the very top of their game’ – Scots Whay Hae, Best Books of 2016 Round-Up
On an island like no other, the annual Brilliant & Forever festival is a much anticipated event; its participants a story away from either glory or infamy. This year, three best friends – two human, one alpaca – are chosen to compete, so victory is not only about reward.
The glitterati descends, the festival begins: thirteen performers, each have their own story to tell. Who will be chosen by the judges? Who will be chosen by the people?
This is a novel like no other; a whip-cracking, energetic, laugh-out-loud satire on what we value in culture, and in our lives. And yet, written with exquisite warmth and empathy, The Brilliant & Forever is also a moving exploration of integrity, friendship and belonging. It’ll split your sides and break your heart.
'Ultimately, this is a book about how everyone has a story worth telling, and one worth hearing too. Terrific stuff' – Independent
'MacNeil shows himself hugely adept at creating a series of distinctive literary voices, and skilfully weaves these various set-pieces into the main narrative before finally poleaxing the reader with a completely unexpected tragicomic final act . . . a wise warm-hearted meditation on the human condition' – Scotsman
‘Reading The Brilliant & Forever, I felt I was in possession of something really special, far bigger than the sum of its words… It is truly original & memorable, heartbreaking & funny, a bit like life itself…’ – Vivian Bannerman, Main Street Trading Company
‘Full of wry detail and satirical flourish, a demonstration of virtuoso storytelling. MacNeil atomises the process of othering by which communities define themselves. All of that makes it sound overly serious, which it isn’t: MacNeil’s prose style keeps things light, lyrical, and funny’ – The Skinny
'Lyrical, satirical, funny and utterly, utterly heartbreaking' – Heat Magazine
‘It is a joy to read such an engaging, luminous novel’ – The Guardian
Kevin MacNeil is an award-winning writer from the Outer Hebrides now living in London. He is a novelist, poet, editor and screenwriter. The Brilliant & Forever is his third novel.