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Dermot Crowley

Dermot Crowley

Dermot Crowley is a leading Irish actor. He has featured prominently in theatre (he toured worldwide with the Oliver Award winning production of Conor McPherson’s The Weir); and on TV – most recently in the hit series Luther, playing Idris Elba’s boss; and in many films including Return of the Jedi and Octopussy. He recorded Beckett’s Molloy for Naxos Audiobooks, and has followed that with Beckett’s Watt; and shortly to be released How It Is.


How It Is

By Samuel Beckett
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5 hours 20 minutes

How It Is, a landmark in 20th century literature, is one of the most challenging of Samuel Beckett’s early novels. He published it first in French in 1961 and then in his own translation in 1964. He explained in a letter that it was the outpouring of a  “‘man’ lying panting in the mud and dark murmuring his ‘life’ as he hears it obscurely uttered by a voice inside him… Continue Reading →



By Samuel Beckett
Read by Dermot Crowley
10 hours 5 minutes

Written in Roussillon during World War Two, while Samuel Beckett was hiding from the Gestapo, Watt was first published in 1953. Beckett acknowledged that this comic novel unlike any other ‘has its place in the series’ – those masterpieces running from Murphy to the Trilogy, Waiting for Godot and beyond. It shares their sense of a world in crisis, their profound awareness of the paradoxes of being, and their distrust of the rational universe.  Continue Reading →