'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
'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.A punchy, edgy, sexy, fizzing feast
of a debut novel from an immensely skilled storyteller
with a glorious passion for words. I loved it
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, tooA gripping and often riotously funny
tale . . . McInerney gifts us a memorable cast that are tough as nails, savagely articulate, and helplessly humanA real stunner; a wild ride of a readThis is, joyously, in that tiny sliver of books I read every year that I press on to people and insist they read.
It fizzes, it crackles, it kicks you in the balls on a fairly regular basis, peels away the layers of what could have been dull stereotypes and it stuffs you to the gills with the most edible prose of the 'read it again and again just to savour it' variety. Stylistically, even though they're two different books, I kept being reminded of Kevin Barry's City Of Bohane . . . I hope I read a better Irish novel this year but I'm not sure I willA spectacular debut . . . Tough and tender, gothic and lyrical, it is a head-spinning, stomach-churning state-of-the-nation novel about a nation falling apart
. . . full of cracking lines and singular charactersAn accomplished, seriously enjoyable and high-octane
morality tale, full of empathy, feeling and soulThe Glorious Heresies
heralds the arrival of a glorious, foul-mouthed, fizzing
new talentA tough pitiless cross section of modern Ireland after the demise of the Celtic Tiger. And through all the darkness and violence, it is fiendishly hilarious
Arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland todayThe Sweary Lady is on bellicose form . . . McInerney has talent to burnImpressive and imaginative
. . . a superb debut from a confident and comic writer with no fear of taking on serious material; McInerney is a new talent to watch out for
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) possessThis debut novel set in the world of the Irish underclass, is brutally funny
Every bit as nuanced and sad and sharp
as we'd have hoped, and as gloriously expansive
and manic and iconoclastic as the title suggestsMcInerney'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 exuberanceLisa McInerney's debut takes a revenge and redemption storyline and weaves in Ireland's inability to come to terms with its recent pastThis is a tough book filled with punches and wisecracks, but it also wrenches emotion . . . Much of Heresies'
plot revolves around death, but each page cracks with life - jolting you like a slap in the face, or a first kiss
impressive debut about a handful of solid characters telling their stories in a grim hopeless city . . . The characters are complex and rich
and there are wonderful elements here of rural murder mystery, teen romance between star-crossed lovers on drug riddled streets, and the compelling guesswork of well-told family drama . . . Some of the interlude paragraphs between chapters could be short stories themselves, wonderful and precise
. McInerney has done a commendable job breathing life into a dark theatre of lost souls, and is definitely an author worth paying attention to
It's scope is ambitious, it's prose unfussy and economical but wholly affecting. Amid the vividness of some truly colourful characters, there is genuine emotion and pathos'Totally and unmistakably the real deal' says Irish author kevin Barry on the jacket cover . . . For once, this is not hyperbole . . . This darkly funny book mines gold from grim circumstances
. It is heartfelt and poignant, too . . . Comparisons with early Irvine Welsh, Roddy Doyle, Alan Warner or the plays of Martin McDonagh all stand up.
With it, McInerney also joins the vanguard of an exciting new wave of young Irish writers
. . .
[who] all write with a thrill for language and are portraying a harder-edged IrelandIreland seems to have had more than its fair share of brilliant new fictional voices of late, with the likes of Eimear McBride, Colin Barrett and Kevin Barry all picking up plaudits and prizes in equal measure. And so into this creative scene steps Lisa McInerney, another terrific writer whose first novel, The Glorious Heresies
, has all the trappings of a possible future classic . . .
the author writes with a huge amount of empathy for her imperfect creations. They may not be doing nice things or living good lives, but McInerney presents them as real people, not caricatures, and the book as a whole serves as a fascinating and accomplished commentary on modern Irish life
McInerney's prose is unshowy and - a rare thing - largely un-Joycean, and she tells a good story
. . . she writes about what she knows best and gets it right
. Her dialogue is realistic and her prose fluentLike her compatriot Kevin Barry, McInerney writes in the local vernacular, with a smattering of Gaelic. Her cynical voice is pitch-perfect for a community left behind by a Church that has done its damage and a Celtic tiger that has made a dash for the airport . . . a rich, touching, hilarious novel
A big, bold debut from a true new Irish talent.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.Debut novel from Irish writer who is already known in Ireland, with fans including Kevin Barry and Belinda McKeonHer blog about working-class life on a Galway council estate, 'Arse End of Ireland', was nominated for Best Blog at the Irish Blog Awards three years running.Of the blog, the Irish Times wrote that she was "the most talented writer at work today in Ireland", and Belinda McKeon said that "she takes the Celtic Tiger by the scruff, and gives it a sound kicking in prose that sears"