“My Coney Island Baby” shortlisted for the 2020 Encore Award

My Coney Island Baby has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s 2020 Encore Award, for the best second novel of the year. Five novels have been shortlisted, and the winner will be announced on Thursday 25th June 2020.

"A wise, tender, and exquisitely tuned novel about the end of a love affair in middle age. O'Callaghan's style is rich and sonorous, and he surveys his characters' ageing bodies and dwindling horizons with a dauntless eye, yet with such compassion that the final effect is to enhance their dignity." - Edmund Gordon