Married to a Caveman

Married to a Cave Man is a heartfelt comic novel about the various contracts of modern marriage, the chaotic effects of parenthood, and the ways in which men and women are fundamentally similar, yet frighteningly different.

Married to a Cave Man is set in north Dublin in the dark days of Ireland’s economic crash. It centres on three marriages, each of which is experiencing a rough patch that’s about to turn a whole lot rougher. It’s a story of frustration, desperation and regret. It might not sound like it, but it’s a comedy.

Stephen is the first of the husbands to decide that what he really needs — nay, deserves — is a man cave, a place where he can kick back and be alone. He empties out the garage and turns it into a shrine to gaming. Vincent likes the idea and follows suit, making himself landlord and sole patron of a little mock pub. Before long, Leo completes the set, clearing out the old paint cans and dragging in hundreds of records. 

The wives Nancy, Julie and Deirdre react to these moves with varying degrees of horror, disgust and low-level violence. Tensions that had been bubbling under now bubble very much over and before long, all three relationships are in crisis.

About the author

Damien Owens is the author of four novels — Dead Cat Bounce, Peter and Mary Have a Row, The Bright Side and Little Black Everything. The latter two were published under the pen name Alex Coleman.

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Why We Like It

  • A fascinating insight into how men and women are fundamentally similar, yet frighteningly different
  • A comical take on the various contracts of modern marriage and the chaotic effects of parenthood
  • Informative and powerful reflections on the dark days of Ireland’s economic crash

About the author


Damien Owens is the author of four novels — Dead Cat Bounce, Peter and Mary Have a Row, The Bright Side and Little Black Everything. The latter two were published under the pen name Alex Coleman.

He is also the creator and writer of Trivia, a television comedy/drama which ran for two series on RTÉ. He was nominated for an Irish Screenwriters’ Guild Award for the opening episode. Series one was nominated for acting and production awards at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

Damien has contributed comic material to a number of other television and radio programmes, and to numerous magazines and newspapers in Ireland, Britain and Australia.

He lives in Dublin with his wife, two daughters and a small animal that is most likely a cat. His hobbies include laughing at inappropriate moments and worrying. He does not have a man cave.


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