This Eden

This Eden

Written by: O’Loughlin, Ed

This Eden is a delight, a rollicking ride that never lets up, with a surprising — and emotionally rich — ending.” — Quill & Quire (Starred Review)

Michael Atarian is out of his depth. The closest he ever came to working in tech was when he rode a delivery bike for a food app in Vancouver. Yet when his coder girlfriend dies, he is inexplicably headhunted by a sinister tech mogul and transplanted to Silicon Valley. There, a reluctant spy named Aoife lures him into the hands of an enigmatic war-gamer who tricks them both into joining his quest to save the world.

Hunted by government agents and corporate goons, and manipulated at every turn, Aoife and Michael find themselves in an intercontinental chase that takes them from California to New York, from the forests of Uganda to Jerusalem, Gaza, Alexandria, and Paris, and to a final showdown with the truth in Dublin.

Propulsive and richly entertaining, This Eden updates the classic spy novel for a world under mortal threat from cyber-warfare, feral money, runaway technology, and a cynical onslaught on truth itself.

This Eden is a delight, a rollicking ride that never lets up, with a surprising — and emotionally rich — ending.” — Quill & Quire (Starred Review)

Michael Atarian is out of his depth. The closest he ever came to working in tech was when he rode a delivery bike for a food app in Vancouver. Yet when his coder girlfriend dies, he is inexplicably headhunted by a sinister tech mogul and transplanted to Silicon Valley. There, a reluctant spy named Aoife lures him into the hands of an enigmatic war-gamer who tricks them both into joining his quest to save the world.

Hunted by government agents and corporate goons, and manipulated at every turn, Aoife and Michael find themselves in an intercontinental chase that takes them from California to New York, from the forests of Uganda to Jerusalem, Gaza, Alexandria, and Paris, and to a final showdown with the truth in Dublin.

Propulsive and richly entertaining, This Eden updates the classic spy novel for a world under mortal threat from cyber-warfare, feral money, runaway technology, and a cynical onslaught on truth itself.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc - Jun 8, 2021
Specifications 400 pages | 6 in x 9 in

PRAISE FOR ED O'LOUGHLIN AND THIS EDEN

“Though This Eden is set against a backdrop of hacktivism, cryptocurrency, and the spectre of surveillance and Big Tech, you don’t necessarily have to understand the nuances of these worlds to appreciate the rich world Irish-Canadian author Ed O’Loughlin has built … This is a book that delights in the thrill of the chase and a love of liminal spaces … The moments of explosive movement and evasion are when This Eden is at its best.” — Globe and Mail

“An incredibly fast-paced literary thriller, beautifully written, occupying its own unique territory somewhere between Graham Greene and William Gibson.” — Kevin Power, award-winning author of Bad Day in Blackrock and White City 

“Sharp, witty, and so well-written, with a plot that intrigues till the end. The Thirty-Nine Steps for the modern age.” — Christine Dwyer Hickey, award-winning author of The Narrow Land

This Eden is a delight, a rollicking ride that never lets up, with a surprising – and emotionally rich – ending … A novel as relentless in its pursuit of deeper understanding as it is of fast thrills.” — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

PRAISE FOR ED O’LOUGHLIN AND MINDS OF WINTER

Finalist, Scotiabank Giller Prize

Longlist, Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book

National Post 99 Best Books of the Year

“Bright moments from the distant past spring up beside dark moments from the present, things hidden — a death, a gift, a lost clock — come briefly into view and then disappear forever. In Minds of Winter, Ed O’Loughlin’s brilliant story of polar exploration, time itself is an Arctic: a mysterious dimension of sun craze and apparitions, chance encounters and destiny. The mechanism of this novel is fascinating to observe, its implications are deeply human. In O’Loughlin’s work, our desire for knowledge, our obsession with the past, our grappling with life itself … all of it is generously, wittily on display.” — Scotiabank Giller Prize Jury Citation

“Hugely ambitious … [O’Loughlin] displays a prodigious imagination.” — Globe and Mail

“Readers who delight in history and mystery mixed together will appreciate O’Loughlin’s shifting drifts of reality and imagination.” — Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

In both concept and execution the novel is a serious piece of work at once vastly entertaining and ambitious on a scale that leaves much of contemporary Irish fiction looking woefully insubstantial … there will be few better historical novels published this year.” — Sunday Times

“A compelling and hugely ambitious novel.” — Mail on Sunday

“[A] masterly, richly researched, vastly ranging tale.” — Toronto Star

Minds of Winter is a profound ode to land, legend, and love … beautifully drawn and expertly told, Minds of Winter is gripping from the start.” — National Post

Minds of Winter proves to be an exhilarating romp through the age of polar exploration … like the search for Franklin himself, Minds of Winter is a story of death and glory, loss and triumph, and, ultimately, the mighty power of the imagination in the face of unrelenting struggle.” — Winnipeg Free Press

Minds of Winter is a remarkable feat of imagination, empathy, and research. Past and present merge to convey the polar landscape’s immense mysteries, and the lives of those voyagers compelled to seek answers in its icy expanses. Ed O’Loughlin is a skilled cartographer of both the Arctic and the human heart. What a magnificent novel.” — Ron Rash, author of Serena and Above the Waterfall

PRAISE FOR ED O’LOUGHLIN AND TOPLOADER 

“It is not altogether extravagant to claim, as the book’s publicity does, that Toploader is ‘in the tradition of M*A*S*H, Catch 22, and Slaughterhouse-Five,’ but there is no real need for such comparisons: situated, or rather wavering nicely, somewhere between satire, fable, and shaggy dog story, O’Loughlin’s second novel (his first was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize) should be enjoyed for its own virtues, the most unsettling of which may be its extreme laconicism. One absurdist delight follows another in rapid succession.” — Guardian

“O’Loughlin, who spent years working as an international correspondent in Africa and the Middle East, has made use of his experiences to create an intelligent world informed by contemporary conflicts … At times, the satire is reminiscent of Joseph Heller or Thomas Pynchon in the way it embraces the sheer stupidity of the situations it describes, but unlike those authors, O’Loughlin adds eloquent and thoughtful political discussions, which do not disrupt his fast-paced narrative.” — Times Literary Supplement

“Black farce sci-fi set in a near-future Embargoed Zone … Hilarious stuff — very Dr Strangelove.” — Irish Times

“A spy called Agent Cobra, a deadly secret, and an exploding donkey isn’t what you’d expect from a Booker Prize longlisted author, but it’s what you get from Ed O’Loughlin’s latest. Toploader is a darkly comic war novel with hints of Catch 22 and no mention of those ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ bellwhiffs.” — “Book of the Week,” SPORT Magazine

“A biting military satire set in a near-future world in the vein of Catch 22, this is quirky and clever. O’Loughlin’s storytelling and sense of the ridiculous are acute, examining modern terrorism and conflict with an unflinching eye.” — The Big Issue (U.K.)

PRAISE FOR ED O’LOUGHLIN AND NOT UNTRUE NOT UNKIND

Longlist, Man Booker Prize

Finalist, Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award 

“A graceful writer … You can almost smell the sweated alcohol and overhear that mixture of cheerful camaraderie and late-night braggadocio from terrace bars in the cities of half-remembered conflicts.” — Guardian

“With its intensely evocative language and atmosphere of looming tragedy, Not Untrue and Not Unkind is a book that far transcends the usual literary efforts of the former combat reporter.” — New York Times

“Passionate, colourful … Love story and tragedy, mystery and professional satire (à la Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop) all rolled into one.” — Irish Times

“The most exciting first novel I have read in many years.” — Anne Enright, author of The Green Road

“A fine, darkly authoritative novel.”— Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland

“O’Loughlin … writes fiction with a stoic lyricism.” — Vogue

 “Superb.”— TheTimes

“This finely written book will make you doubt any foreign correspondent feature you ever read again.”— Sunday Tribune