Publisher's synopsis

John Egan lives with his mother, father and grandmother in rural Ireland. The Guinness Book of Records is his favourite book and he wants to visit Niagara Falls with his mother. But, more than anything, he is determined to become a world–famous lie detector, almost at any cost.

Carry Me Down is written in clean, compelling prose, and is about John’s obsessive and dangerous desire to see the truth, even as his family is threatened in countless ways. In this singular tale of disturbed love every word rings true.


  • Winner 2007 The Hawthornden Prize
  • Winner 2006/07 The Encore Award for a Second Novel
  • Shortlisted 2006 Man Booker Prize
  • Longlisted 2006 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction