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From Lisa McInerney, hailed by the Irish Times as “arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland today,” comes this searing debut novel about life on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society.

When grandmother Maureen Phelan is surprised in her home by a stranger, she clubs the intruder with a Holy Stone. The consequences of this unplanned murder connect four misfits struggling against their meager circumstances. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father, Tony, whose feud with his next-door neighbor threatens to ruin his family. Georgie is a sex worker who half-heartedly joins a born-again movement to escape her profession and drug habit. And Jimmy Phelan, the most fearsome gangster in the city and Maureen’s estranged son, finds that his mother’s bizarre attempts at redemption threaten his entire organization.

Biting and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies presents an unforgettable vision of a city plagued by poverty and exploitation, where salvation still awaits in the most unexpected places.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A bleak, powerful novel. . . . Darkly comic. . . . McInerney writes an energetic, profane prose laced with the vibrant idiom of Cork street life. The Washington Post
  • A wonderfully offbeat voice. . . . McInerney’s characters aren’t what anyone would call saints, but they’re so richly drawn you have to respect the way they think and sympathize with their moral conflicts. The New York Times Book Review
  • Lisa McInerney’s first novel takes off like a house on fire and doesn’t stop until it has singed the reader’s heart. Love, crime, and cockeyed redemption meet on a hardscrabble housing estate in County Cork, Ireland, in a rare blend of heartbreak and humour. . . . Ms McInerney is a writer to watch. The Economist
  • McInerney's debut won the 2016 Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction, and you can see why from the first page. Her lively, unexpected prose brings these characters—and the crucible of their surroundings—to life. Elle
  • A smart and sharp tale of Ireland’s fringe inhabitants, The Glorious Heresies only cements its author's esteemed reputation as one of her nation's most brilliant novelists. Refinery29
  • The Glorious Heresies is a blisteringly good debut which manifests the true coming of a brilliant new energy in Irish fiction. It's a love story which captures perfectly the feeling of what it is to be young and bowled over by the beauty of another; it's the story of a city, savage and hilarious and coursing deeper and deeper, with every page into that city's dark veins. It's so much more. It's talent, undeniable and aglow. Belinda McKeon
  • The Glorious Heresies heralds the arrival of a glorious, foul-mouthed, fizzing new talent. The Sunday Times
  • A 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. The Telegraph
  • This book is a riot . . . McInerney’s sentences are like snowballs rolling down a hill, accumulating jokes and fecks and similes spun from pitch-black humor. BOMB
  • 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
  • A gripping and often riotously funny tale . . . McInerney gives us a memorable cast that are tough as nails, savagely articulate, and helplessly human. Colin Barrett
  • A real stunner; a wild ride of a read Donal Ryan
  • A 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
  • A 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 The Telegraph
  • McInerney has talent to burn The Guardian
  • A superb debut from a confident and comic writer. Mail on Sunday
  • A big, brassy sexy beast of a book. The Irish Times
  • Impressive 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. Irish Mail on Sunday
  • “McInerney’s…lively, unexpected prose brings these characters—and the crucible of their surroundings—to life.”

    Elle

  • This is a daring, exuberant and generous novel. And a work to which you will want—eagerly—to return. The Observer
  • “Fiendishly hilarious.”

    Times (London)

  • “Love, crime, and cockeyed redemption meet on a hardscrabble housing estate in County Cork, Ireland, in a rare blend of heartbreak and humor.”

    Economist (London)

  • “Wonderfully offbeat…McInerney’s characters aren’t what anyone would call saints, but they’re so richly drawn you have to respect the way they think and sympathize with their moral conflicts.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • The Glorious Heresies heralds the arrival of a glorious, foul-mouthed, fizzing new talent.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A bleak, powerful novel…Darkly comic…McInerney writes an energetic, profane prose laced with the vibrant idiom of Cork street life.”

    Washington Post

  • “The novel’s searing take on contemporary Cork is elegantly leavened by empathy and humor….McInerney’s characters are vibrantly-drawn, richly-rendered, and wonderfully full of surprises.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A big, brassy, sexy beast of a book.”

    Irish Times

  • “Tough and tender, gothic and lyrical, it is a head-spinning, stomach-churning state-of-the-nation novel about a nation falling apart.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Narrator Shelley Atkinson’s lively delivery is just what’s called for…Atkinson doesn’t miss a moment of McInerny’s irony and dark humor. She handles drug dealers, junkies, and priests with all their individual quirks in place. She’s particularly effective as Maureen condemns the clergy while making a not-so-remorseful confession. Serious and funny, naturalistic and lyrical, McInerney’s novel uncovers many facets of today’s Ireland, from criminals to crazies to clergy, and Atkinson makes it all fun listening.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the 2016 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize
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