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The Loney gets a film deal

On September 28, 2015

the loneyTartarus Press first published The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley as a 300-copy limited edition in 2014. This month Hachette in Australia has released the debut novel.

It seems everyone is interested in Hurley’s novel with film rights being optioned by DNA Films, with the support of Film4. Hurley’s book adaptation will be in good company, DNA films include Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd.

Exploring issues of faith and the survival of older beliefs, Andrew Michael Hurley's novel has at its heart the relationship between two London Catholic boys, Smith and his brother Hanny who has a disability.

The discovery of the remains of a young child during winter storms along the bleak Lancashire coastline leads Smith back to the Saint Jude's Church Easter pilgrimage to The Loney in 1976. Not all of the locals are pleased to see the Catholic party in the area, and some puzzling events occur. Smith and Hanny, the youngest members of the party, become involved with a glamorous couple staying at a nearby house with their young charge, the heavily pregnant Else. Prayers are said for Hanny at the local shrine, but he also inadvertently becomes involved in more troubling rites. Secrets are kept, and disclosed.

After the pilgrimage, a miracle of one kind or another occurs. Smith feels he is the only one to know the truth, and he must bear the burden of his knowledge, no matter what the cost.

You can buy the book here.

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