- 11 Aug 16
Best known as a columnist with the Sunday Independent, ex-Hot Press contributor Declan Lynch is also an acclaimed author. He has just published his first novel in nearly 10 years, The Ponzi Man, which tells the story of titular fraudster John Devlin.
Although the John Devlin character in Declan Lynch’s new novel The Ponzi Man has echoes of numerous figures who crashed and burned during Ireland’s financial crisis, the author is wary of the book being seen as some kind of Celtic Tiger allegory.
“Someone said to me that the book is an anti-tragedy,” notes Lynch. “Tragedy is a thing in which the hero is undone by some fatal flaw in his character. Whereas with this guy, he’s already undone, and the book is about putting him back together again. That was just an instinct of mine, I didn’t set out to do it like that, but I thought it was a good description. I don’t want to nail it too much to the Celtic Tiger, although clearly that is the background against which it was done. I would like to be as universal as possible – it is about that world of gamblers and men going down the tubes.”