The Butchers (Hardback)Ruth Gilligan (author)
- Coming soon
A photograph is hung on a gallery wall for the very first time since it was taken two decades before. It shows a slaughter house in rural Ireland, a painting of the Virgin Mary on the wall, a meat hook suspended from the ceiling - and, from its sharp point, the lifeless body of a man hanging by his feet.
The story of who he is and how he got there casts back into Irish folklore, of widows cursing the land and of the men who slaughter its cattle by hand. But modern Ireland is distrustful of ancient traditions, and as the BSE crisis in England presents get-rich opportunities in Ireland, few care about The Butchers, the eight men who roam the country, slaughtering the cows of those who still have faith in the old ways. Few care, that is, except for Fionn, the husband of a dying woman who still believes; their son Davey, who has fallen in love with the youngest of the Butchers; Gra, the lonely wife of one of the eight; and her 12-year-old daughter, Una, a girl who will grow up to carry a knife like her father, and who will be the one finally to avenge the man in the photograph.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
Immensely readable and written with great flair * Irish Independent, on Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan *
Rich in plot and full of characters that have been neglected by Irish literature * Guardian, on Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan *
Reminiscent of Tea Obreht, Nicole Krauss and Maggie O'Farrell... Wonderful * Colum McCann, on Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan *
A rich and layered story of the complications, the mistakes and the heartbreaks of which a human life is made... I haven't read anything like it * Belinda McKeon, on Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan *
Graceful, confident, vivid... I loved this beautifully written novel * Joseph O'Connor, on Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan *