'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 post-crash society. Ryan is a fifteen-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 forty 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 twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family.
About the Author
Lisa McInerney is from Galway and is the author of award-winning blog 'Arse End of Ireland'. The Irish Times has called her 'arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland today'. Her mother remains unimpressed.
Here's a writer who's totally and unmistakably the real deal and whose every page pulses with vim and vitality and mad twisty insights and terrific description and with real tenderness, too. - Kevin Barry
The most talented writer at work in Ireland today. - Irish TimesA punchy, edgy, sexy, fizzing feast
of a debut novel from an immensely skilled storyteller
with a glorious passion for words. I loved it
- Joseph O'Connor, author of Star of the Sea
A gripping and often riotously funny
tale . . . McInerney gifts us a memorable cast that are tough as nails, savagely articulate, and helplessly human - Colin Barrett
Every bit as nuanced and sad and sharp
as we'd have hoped, and as gloriously expansive
and manic and iconoclastic as the title suggests - Bookmunch
The [book] I reached for as my book at bedtime, the one I tore through most hungrily . . . The strongest thing about the book is its security of characterisation and tightness of plot
; and particularly, the way in which turns of the plot are tangibly shaped by the flaws that even the more likeable characters (and they're all likeable to some extent) possess - The SpectatorA real stunner; a wild ride of a read
- Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart
McInerney's riotous, sweary debut tracks the lives of five outsiders living in Ireland's post-boom badlands . . . It delves into the complicated webs of relationships that make up a family, and explores shame and the search for redemption with wholehearted exuberance - Psychologies
Series: The Glorious Heresies
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 31st December 2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.8
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1