Last Night On Earth by Kevin Maher

Last Night On Earth

April 2015

Kevin Maher

From the author of The Fields, a brilliant new novel about relationships. Fatherhood. And other minor miracles.


Because I'm waiting for our slot, in the X-ray room, and everyone's been really kind and doing sad faces at me, and coming up and having a peak, and telling me not to worry. Because in my terrified arms, wrapped in a soft white blanket that was purchased with picture-book cuddles in mind, sits curled and silent, startled and unblinking, my newborn baby, my fresh-born love. My Bonnie.

London, 1999. Jay adores his small daughter, Bonnie, and nothing matters more to him than being a good father. But Bonnie's traumatic birth puts an unbearable strain on his marriage with Shauna and the couple eventually separate. Struggling to cope with the separation from three-year-old Bonnie, Jay thinks constantly of his own mother who he hasn't seen since he fled Ireland a decade before.

Resolved to move forward, he instead finds that however hard he tries to put things right, a combination of bad luck and unwise choices (and unwelcome friends) always makes things wrong. As a the beginning of a new millennium beckons in the shadow of Tony Blair, The Queen, and Auld Lang Syne, Can Jay be a good father to Bonnie? Or is it too late?

Reviews for The Fields:

‘Fresh, beguiling and laugh-out-loud funny on every page, this must be the most enjoyable Irish novel since Skippy Dies’ Justine Jordan, The Guardian

‘Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measures . . . I couldn't put it down’ Stylist

‘Jim Finnegan is up there with the great teenage narrators of literature . . . a novel to make you laugh, gasp, wince and thinkIndependent on Sunday

‘Were Roddy Doyle to co-author a novel with Edward St. Aubyn, the results might look a lot like Kevin Maher's gloriously ribald debut, The Fields Metro

‘A joy to read, fresh, funny, moving and always unexpected’ Kate Atkinson

‘A powerful comic debut’ Sunday Times

‘I absolutely LOVED The Fields’ John Boyne

‘Funny and heart-warming . . . a hugely enjoyable – and promising – debut’ Daily Mail

The Fields is crazy mad, lyrical and unforgettable . . . [a] funny, moving, compelling and hugely original coming of age story’ Red magazine

‘Magic and weirdly moving’ The Times

‘Jim's strength, humour and vibrancy flood the novel with an energy and optimism that will leave you warm inside.’ Sunday Express *****