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The Glorious Heresies - Lisa McInerney

The Glorious Heresies - Lisa McInerney

Title: The Glorious Heresies

Author:  Lisa McInerney

ISBN:  9781444798852

Weight:  891g

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The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

‘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.

The Glorious Heresies has won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and is still in contention for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of The Year (longlist).  It was also shortlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas prize.

Peer & Press Reviews

A spectacular debut… a head-spinning, stomach-churning state-of-the-nation novel about a nation falling apart.


A gripping and often riotously funny tale… McInerney gifts us a memorable cast that are tough as nails, articulate, and helplessly human.

Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins

There is the humour and the sheer, seething, broiling energy of the prose, which is peppered with the kind of language your mother would call unforgivable.  As in Roddy Doyle and Irvine Welsh at their best, it doesn’t feel gratuitous.  It just feels true.

Sunday Times

Bibliographic Info

Title:The Glorious Heresies
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed:On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher:John Murray (Publishers)
Awards and prizes:

Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 – winner

Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of The Year 2016 – longlist

Desmond Elliot Prize 2016 – winner

Dylan Thomas Prize 2016 – longlist

Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9781444798852
ISBN 10:1444798855
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d):242 x 161 x 36mm

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