The Abstainer (Hardback)
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The Abstainer (Hardback)

The Abstainer (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 17/09/2020
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An incendiary novel of underground terrorism and divided loyalties set amongst the Fenians of nineteenth-century Manchester, The Abstainer twitches with menace whilst retaining a complex humanity.

The rebels will be hanged at dawn, and their brotherhood is already plotting revenge.

Manchester, 1867: Stephen Doyle, an Irish-American veteran of the Civil War, arrives from New York with a thirst for blood. He has joined the Fenians, a secret society intent on ending British rule in Ireland by any means necessary. Head Constable James O'Connor has fled grief and drink in Dublin for a sober start in Manchester. His job is to discover and thwart the Fenians' plans whatever they might be. When a long-lost nephew returns from America and arrives on O'Connor's doorstep looking for work, he cannot foresee the way his fragile new life will be imperilled - and how his and Doyle's fates will be intertwined.

In this propulsive tale of the underground war for Irish independence, master storyteller and widely acclaimed author of The North Water, Ian McGuire once again transports readers to a time when blood begot blood. Moving from the dirt and uproar of industrial Manchester to the quiet hills of Pennsylvania, The Abstainer is a searing novel in which two men, haunted by their pasts and driven forward by the need for justice and retribution, must fight for life and legacy.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471163593
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 26 mm


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'McGuire has crafted a riveting tale of violence and retribution against the backdrop of the 1860s Fenian rebellion - precursor to the Troubles and one of those rich historical incidents you learn about and wonder, Why didn't I know about this before? He has a keen sense of how to mix precise local details with transcendent global themes.' - Michael Punke, Author of The Revenant

Praise for The North Water:

'Brilliant, fast-paced, gripping. A tour de force of narrative tension and a masterful reconstruction of a lost world' - Hilary Mantel

'Utterly convincing and compelling... A startling achievement' - Martin Amis

'Riveting and darkly brilliant... McGuire has an extraordinary talent' - Colm Toibin

'Has exceptional power and energy' - The Sunday Times

'A stunning novel that snares the reader from the outset and keeps the tightest grip until the bitter end' - The Financial Times

'A vivid read, full of twists, turns, period detail and strong characters' - The Times

'Terrific - McGuire's use of the pitiless, fearsomely beautiful Arctic landscape as a theatre for enduring questions is inspired' - The Daily Mail

'McGuire has a sure and unwavering touch... a writer of exceptional craft and confidence' - The Irish Times

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“Less is More”

The Abstainer, is a masterful piece of literary writing, that harks back to the classics of nineteenth century, where the sense of place, or in this case the city of Victorian Manchester, is a central... More

“Irish rebels during the 19th Century”

Ian McGuire brings us into the mid 19th century in a very well-done novel set during a period just after Ireland had suffered through a potato famine with consequences of depressed economic conditions. Land was mainly... More

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“Natural Selection”

Manchester 1867 and three Irish Fenians are executed for killing a policeman. This execution triggers a cycle of violence. McBride, an Irish American veteran of the Civil War, is recruited to stage a high profile... More

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