Winner of the Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction 2016.
Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2016.
Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2016.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year.
He was definitely dead, whoever he was. He wore a once-black jumper and a pair of shiny tracksuit bottoms. The back of his head was cracked and his hair matted, but it had been foxy before that.
A tall man, a skinny rake, another string of piss, now departed. She hadn't gotten a look at his face before she flaked him with the Holy Stone, and she couldn't bring herself to turn him over.
One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's postcrash society. Ryan is a 15-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father, Tony, whose obsession with his unhinged next-door neighbour threatens to ruin him and his family. Georgie is a prostitute whose willingness to feign a religious conversion has dangerous repercussions while Maureen, the accidental murderer, has returned to Cork after 40 years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most fearsome gangster in the city.
In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of other perceived sins, Maureen threatens to destroy everything her son has worked so hard for while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight....
Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland's 20th-century attitudes towards sex and family.
©2015 Lisa McInerney (P)2016 John Murray Press
"The Glorious Heresies heralds the arrival of a glorious, foul-mouthed, fizzing new talent." (Sunday Times)
"Totally and unmistakably the real deal." (Kevin Barry)
"A real stunner; a wild ride of a read." (Donal Ryan)
"A gripping and often riotously funny tale." (Colin Barrett)
"A punchy, edgy, sexy, fizzing feast of a debut novel." (Joseph O'Connor)
If they give out oscars for how well a book is read, Shelley Atkinson deserves one. All the characters are beautifully drawn by Lisa McInerney and dialogue different and Atkinson voices each one beautifully and truthfully to the writers great talent.
I loved the wit of the Irish voice in this story and the talent of the narrator in bringing it to life. Maureen was my favourite - she made me laugh out loud a few times. Beautifully written. Best book I've listened to in a long time.
Great stuff, makes me proud, happy to see such talent from the rebel County. Over annunciated at times, but I suppose may not be comprehensible to foreigners otherwise!
Cracking book - good storyline and memorable , if a bit one dimensional, characters. What makes the novel sparkle though is it's pace and an almost merciless sharpness of tone. It's like the author has unleashed a cruel vituperative energy and then chiseled and hammered it into hilarious dialogue and scintillating descriptions. There are some touching moments but it is the visceral intelligence that makes it difficult to put down. Good reading as well .Not that subtle but then neither is the book!
Totally recommended. . .
Also: . . If the Pope has read this book, could someone encourage him to write a review?
Normal, average guy who likes well written,well constructed books. If I have a preference it's probably towards 'thrillers' but my library w
It may be that because I have an Irish background I really appreciate this intelligent kind of wit but, trust me, that rarely means I laugh out loud when reading - this work achieve that on a number of occasions.
It gave me a greater insight into the problems of growing up today in an ever increasing secular and material world - what will the outcome be ??.
Too many to single out just one.
The slow descending of a young individual into despair due to there being no apparent reason to live - scary or what !!!!
I normally leave quite some time between my first and second reading of, what I consider exceptional books - I'm likely to break that rule on this one occasion.
Once you get used to the Irish narration you get sucked into this amazing novel. It's engaging and fast paced. Totally loved it and I barely ever read fiction.
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