This is How

This is How


By (author) M. J. Hyland

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 24mm | 282g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 184767383X
  • ISBN 13: 9781847673831
  • Sales rank: 35,361

Product description

Patrick is a loner. An intelligent but disturbed young man struggling to find his place in the world. He ventures out on his own and as he begins to find happiness commits an act of violence that sends his life horribly and irreversibly out of control. But should a person's life be judged by a single bad act? This is How is a compelling and macabre journey into the dark side of human existence and a powerful meditation on the nature of guilt and redemption.

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Author information

MJ Hyland was born in London to Irish parents in 1968. She studied law and English at the University of Melbourne, and is the author of two previous novels, HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, and CARRY ME DOWN, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2006 and winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Encore Award. Hyland now lives in Manchester. Her website can be found at

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'Darkly, sparsely, and with sustained intensity, Hyland constructs the montage of a killer ... a dash of Camus's Meursault is added to the pathology ... She writes intelligently about her subject's growing institutionalization, his bafflement growing into boredom then safety as Patrick gradually finds a kind of happiness inside ... From within these shady borderlands Hyland has produced a memorable study.' Times Literary Supplement