The Glorious Heresies

The Glorious Heresies 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 RYA

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 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 h

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  1. Lisa McInerney s work has featured in Winter Papers, The Stinging Fly, Granta and BBC Radio 4 and in the anthologies Beyond The Centre, The Long Gaze Back and Town and Country Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies won the 2016 Baileys Women s Prize for Fiction and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize Her second novel, The Blood Miracles, is published by John Murray in April 2017.

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  1. A gloriously moving, blackly comic, filthy and vibrant story from the award winning Lisa McInerney set in the rough port city of Cork in Ireland 15 year old drug dealer Ryan Cusack has no intention of being anything like his violent and alcoholic dad, Tony, and he is mad for Karine, and wonder of wonders, she likes him There is the unspeakable horror that is the larger than life neighbour Maureen Phelan is the mother of Jimmy, the king of the criminal underbelly of Cork, and finds herself commit [...]

  2. This story caught my interest right away with 15 year old Ryan and a girl who had been in his class for the past three years Ryan thought Karine D Arcy was whip smart and as beautiful as morning and each time he saw her he felt with dizzying clarity the blood in his veins and the air in his lungs and his heart beating strong in his chest Karine liked Ryan too a little happy shocker to Ryan s 15 year nerves She Jesus LIKED him When they were at Ryan s house for the first time, Karine notices a pi [...]

  3. Cold cocked by an old lady wielding a Holy Stone, a hapless intruder has the temerity to die right there on Maureen s tile floor What a mess It will get cleaned up, but not without repercussions that will end up putting lives at risk and in turmoil.Raw, raucous, and raunchy as all get out Cretins and slatterns, a mule headed mob boss, a prostitute who dotes on detective novels with their cheesy gasbaggery , and a perfect horrorshow of a neighbor Full of gritty goodness, this one.

  4. 3.5 StarsThe Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney has left lost for words and my thoughts were all over the place on finishing this novel This is a story set among the criminal and drug worlds of Cork in Ireland and is certainly not for the feint hearted as it is at times brutal, coarse and hard hitting and yet the writing is brilliant and the humour is Irish to the core.I would never have picked up this novel if it hadn t won the Baileys price for fiction as neither the blurb or the cover appeal [...]

  5. When a strange man breaks into Maureen s home she does the most logical thing and bops him over the head with a religious statue That makes a bit of a mess so she calls her ganster son Jimmy to clean it up Thus starts the wheels on this book.Everyone gets involved, either by choice or chance Ryan, a fifteen year old drug dealer and his abusive, alcoholic father Tony.Georgie, the prostitute that lived with the dead guy She finds herself hiding out in a cult, pregnant and still missing the guy She [...]

  6. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum Welcome to Cork a quaint little nothing of a town in Ireland ran by local mob boss Jimmy Cork is also where Jimmy s birth mother Maureen lives and she s just had an uhhhhhh unfortunate interaction with an intruder Luckily Jimmy is a problem solver and calls on a favor of local drunk Tony Tony gets than he bargained for when the favor ends up being not only body disposal, but also a body he recognized fellow boozer and pimp Robbie All goes smoothly until [...]

  7. It took me a while to read this novel, a month to be precise The reason was not the quality of the book but me being in a reading slump It is true that I went skiing for a week where I did not have too much time to read but this is not my main issue The recent political problems from my country sucked me dry of any will to do anything else than be in the street and fight against corruption If you don t know what I am talking about here is a link from the Economist that explains the situation Ok, [...]

  8. Vibrant, visceral and violent, this profane tragicomedy takes you deep into the dark heart of Ireland s depressed port city of Cork On the face of it, this tale of gangsters, prostitutes and addicts with no prospects other than criminality ought to be bleak and depressing, but McInerney is a promising writer capable of brilliantly fiery descriptions, and she really makes you care about her characters enough to make its resolution genuinely moving She is also fearlessly iconoclastic, unafraid to [...]

  9. WINNER OF BOOK THE YEAR 2016 Lisa McInerney joins the ranks of Marisha Pessl and Caroline Kepnes in that she writes men better than most male authors Every dude in this book is dynamic and interesting Ryan especially, but we ll get to him in a minute.I never would have grabbed this book if it wasn t for Crown Publishing sending me a review copy, and that s upsetting So many terrific novels go unread every year, mainly because I can only read so much If a book doesn t grab the hype train or get [...]

  10. Wow, what a fantastic dark and gritty book about the Irish underworld from Lisa McInerney Winner of the Bailey s Prize in 2016, the book starts in with an accidental murder that interconnects 5 Irish characters including a 15 year old drug dealer named Ryan, his good for nothing father, a prostitute, and a gangster with a mother named Maureen that does him harm than good Hilarious at times, especially Maureen, this intense and energetic book has a terrific plot and great Irish dialogue I had to [...]

  11. The Glorious Heresies has traces of A Brief History of Seven Killings and The Casual Vacancy, both of which are novels I enjoyed immensely And I have to say that while this one was particularly dark, it has a hopefulness and humor to it that made it compulsively readable I finished it off in two days time, and I think it s one that definitely warrants reading in large chunks McInerney manages to weave together many characters storylines into a novel that pushes the boundaries and plays as social [...]

  12. Upon completing this book a few weeks ago, I posted a rather misleading teaser suggesting that I d either loved it or hated it You see, way back when all those 2016 year end reviews started rolling out, this was chosen by a couple of my friends as their, Book of the Year Sadly, for me though, this fell squarely into that dreaded middle ground once again Story of my life As promised, there was nothing too ridiculous within the tale itself Everything was grounded in reality and felt very true to l [...]

  13. This novel won the Baileys Women s Prize for Fiction this year 2016, the only title from the list I hadn t been able to get my hands on it figures This is the story of a very modern Ireland, with drug dealers and prostitutes But in the context of post Catholic, or maybe just over Catholic Ireland, there is interesting commentary throughout on the effect of grouping some people into a sinner group, where they have to give up their children or go to jail or leave their community And how those kind [...]

  14. If you re looking for gritty realism, Lisa Mcinnerney will provide The five main characters in the novel are a combination of what I have to do to live and f the world, i m taking what I want Their lives are violent, depressing, and formed along lines that nobody seems able to escape There s a touch of brilliance in her writing, but it s a hard read Some have named it a comedy, but, for me, it s far too dark for that, tragic than anything else It made me feel claustrophobic, trapped within the [...]

  15. It is fair to say I admired this Baileys Womans Prize for fiction winner but didn t completely enjoy it I had doubts that insidiously creeped in about the halfway mark This is in no way a critique of the marvellous writing but a product of the fact the story depressed me It must be a good writer who can make me laugh out loud and yet still make me feel absolutely wrung out and desolate at where the story went and what we went through to get there The first really enjoyable aspect of this novel [...]

  16. I am so glad that this book won the Baileys Women s Prize for Fiction because I don t think I ever would have picked it up otherwise and I LOVED IT The story starts with an accidental murder and follows the story of the people whose lives are affected The characters in this book are a cross section from the criminal underbelly of Cork drug dealers, prostitutes, gangsters and the like McInerney writes about their lives with compassion, humanity and humour, and her writing is absolutely razor shar [...]

  17. In a word glorious And heretical Lisa McInerney s story of interconnected Irish lives over five years in the underbelly and criminal world of Cork isn t merely a fine and clever debut novel, it s one of the best novels I ve read this year This is dark, hilarious, and heartfelt stuff.There s something in her voice that reminds me of Roddy Doyle at his Barrytown best There s the obvious Irishness they share, of course, but it s than that it s their ability to create a fully realized fictional co [...]

  18. I hold onto her and tell her I love her and tell her I ll do anything she wants me to do but beyond my words and her weight in my arms there s the knowing we fucked this up There was something beautiful here once.This is one of the most hard hitting and thematically rich books I ve read in a long time There s so much to unpack here, I m not quite sure where to begin The Glorious Heresies centers around five characters fifteen year old drug dealer Ryan and his alcoholic father Tony, grandmother M [...]

  19. I had this on pre order for months and I was really looking forward to it It was well worth the eager awaiting It s set in the arse end of a Cork City which the Celtic Tiger shat all over before it scarpered Though it starts with a murder, it s no whodunnit What s it s really about is how the characters deal with the small and large ways the murder impacts their lives And that s the strength of this book they re rich, believably flawed characters.There s Ryan who s a smart kid but a bit of a dos [...]

  20. I did not expect to like this book so much, but for me it s a 5 star read It s full of black humor which made the dark subject matter bleakness easier to read Maureen especially made me laugh, even though she clearly has some issues to work through She believes in no authority but the holy trinity the priest, the nuns and the neighbors and She didn t know the ins outs of inebriation outside of being able to diagnose every stage of drunkenness as dictated by her nationality There is certainly a l [...]

  21. Do not read this book expecting happy thoughts It s dark and sad and gritty.It s well written and the flow of the book is helped along by the links between the characters It s the sense of inevitability throughout that keeps the tone sombre despite some gallant attempts at humour can these people possibly be saved And what exactly would that mean Lots to think about here.

  22. Born into an unforgiving chaotic world in Cork, Ireland, it is a struggle to rise above one s devastating roots Such is the case in The Glorious Heresies The lives of the principal characters are thoroughly fleshed out and one can understand the trials and tribulations contributing to their deviant behavior.The intense narrative changes voices frequently so you must stay on your toes to totally absorb this story The character of Ryan Cusack is especially sympathetic so much potential, so very da [...]

  23. I received this book for free through LibraryThing s Early Reviewers.This isn t a book that I would typically read, however, I did find it to be very interesting and fascinating This isn t a happy book There s organized crime, drug dealing, murder, and prostitution I really liked how the author weaved all the character s stories together Everyone was connected to each other The author s writing was also very engaging she really is a talented writer Overall, this book wasn t necessarily my cup of [...]

  24. So while I was on retreat I read this novel The title is correct It is a bloody glorious book It goes from hilariously funny to devastating, and the writing is so deft and skilful it s almost breathtaking A confident and assured debut Lisa McInerney has talent to burn I can t wait to see what she does next.

  25. The bint had only gone and killed someone He supposed it was an appropriate carry on for the block he was chipped from, but it didn t make it any less of an arseache Jimmy liked to leave himself room for manoeuvre in his diary but Clean up after your mother offs someone was a much significant task that he d have thought to factor in.The freshest and most interesting voices English literature at present originate from Ireland or the diaspora and this is reflected in most literary awards e.g Mike [...]

  26. If Cork noir was a thing and it may well be this would be Cork noir at its finest We re all gods when we fucking feel like it A brilliantly dark and funny tale with a small cast of expertly drawn and developed characters.

  27. 2 stars, really.when you read the description for this book, almost immediately the word messy appears yup this is a messy book these characters are so broken and their lives so chaotic and while i was reading, i truly felt the mess spilling over into my reading experience if that makes sense the book is also described as being darkly funny humour is such a subjective thing, and i find it particularly so in reading sometimes humour doesn t translate so well on the written page though my own sens [...]

  28. Even when I didn t understand the Irish slang, which was often, the language of this book seemed musical This was a compelling book funny, gritty, tragic, despairing and hopeful The action is set in motion when Maureen Phelan accidentally kills an intruder and her gangster son Jimmy chooses to dispose of the body to protect his mother Clean up after your mother offs someone was a much significant task than he d ever have thought to factor in In retrospect, Jimmy should probably never have broug [...]

  29. The parents cast the mould for the little ones, and the little ones curved to fit This, in a nutshell, is the theme of this amazing novel from a young Irish author This is really a microcosm of the Irish underbelly in, of all cities, Cork I was reminded of the Seattle depicted in the series The Killing since both are cities on water, of similar size, and both enjoy a public reputation as tourist destinations But that is far from the seedy portrait depicted here, a world of gangsters and prostitu [...]

  30. I just finished the ARC that I received from Penguin In some respects this story is an instant classic McInerney is Ireland s answer it Scotland s Irvine Welsh I kept wondering what it would be like if all the characters hung out together What drug and booze filled adventures would happen.McInerney just won the Baileys prize for fiction and did she ever deserve it When books blow me away they turn me sideways and this one definitely did.

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