The Talk of the Town (novel)

The Talk of the Town
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First edition
AuthorArdal O'Hanlon
CountryIreland
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung adult, comedy
PublisherSceptre
Publication date
1998
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Audiobook
Pages244 Pages
ISBN0-340-74858-3 (paperback edition)
ISBN 0-8050-6330-7 (hardcover edition)

The Talk of the Town is the first novel written by Ardal O'Hanlon, published by Sceptre in 1998. It was renamed Knick Knack Paddy Whack for publication in the United States.

The novel is set in 1980s Ireland and is about life in a small Irish town, where everyone knows every one else's business. Its tone is humorous but dark. The main character is Patrick Scully, a hapless youth with few prospects.