Joseph O'Neill


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4th Estate
6 May 2024
ISBN: 9780008284046
304 pages

From the publisher

The thrilling new novel from the Booker Prize-longlisted author of Netherland

‘A fantastic novel, brilliantly crafted’ MARCUS DU SAUTOY

'Enthralling … not to be missed' GUARDIAN

The return of Joseph O’Neill, with a story on the scale of the international phenomenon Netherland: the odyssey of two brothers crossing the world in search of an African football prodigy who might change their fortunes.

Mark Wolfe, a brilliant if self-thwarting technical writer, lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Sushila, and their toddler daughter. His half-brother Geoff, born and raised in the UK, is a desperate young football agent. He pulls Mark across the ocean into a scheme to track down an elusive prospect known only as “Godwin” – an African teenager Geoff believes could be the next Messi.

Narrated in turn by Mark and his work colleague Lakesha Williams, the novel is both a tale of family and migration, and an international adventure story that implicates the brothers in the beauty and ugliness of football, the perils and promises of international business, and the dark history of transatlantic money-making.