Barry McKinley’s stories have twice been shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award. He has written for BBC Radio 4 and RTE. His stage plays include Elysium Nevada, which was nominated in 2010 for Best New Play at the Irish Theatre Awards. After narrowly failing to destroy the world in 1979, he gave up the attempt, and now restores old buildings for a living. His younger self would be horrified. His first book, A Ton of Malice, was described by RTE as ‘bringing to mind Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting and Bruce Robinson’s imperishable film classic, Withnail and I… The writing is fresh, piercing and very, very funny… Do not miss this book’.