The King From Over the Water

The King From Over the Water

5 (1 rating by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 8-13 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


John Kevin comes to Ireland every summer with his mother, and leaves London behind him for the sunshine and countryside of Ireland, the company of his six cousins, and the life of Ballydawn.

Running through all these summers is his friendship with his cousin Mattie, and their gradual understanding as the Troubles worsen that the world can be a much darker place than Ballydawn lets on.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 11mm | 213g
  • English
  • 1999375300
  • 9781999375300
  • 1,463,539

Review quote

Looking at Irish country life in the 1960s and 70s through John Kevin's eyes is a magical experience. By turns sad, funny, dark and lovely, John O'Donoghue introduces us to a rich set of characters in the long summer days of what seems a distant, warmer time. Mick Finlay, author of the Arrowood novels

"We're flesh and blood, John Kevin. Cousins. You're a part of me, and I'm a part of you." What if the past is another country that is nearly but not quite yours? John O'Donoghue's short stories explore the emigrant experience through the often minute details that differentiate neighbouring cultures. John Kevin is an innocent abroad not in a foreign country, but in the country of his parents' birth. He must navigate the familiar and unfamiliar with only his own inherited instincts to guide him. Nessa O'Mahony, writer

These stories from childhood summers in Ireland are written with delicacy and tact, their solid realism mingled with the magic of childish imagination. Tessa Hadley, writer
show more

Rating details

1 rating
5 out of 5 stars
5 100% (1)
4 0% (0)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X