The Blood Miracles (Hardback)Lisa McInerney (author)
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Like all twenty-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is.
This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he's irreparably corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn't accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour.
There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter, Colm, and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss's ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he's made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.
Continuing the story where her prize-winning debut left-off, following teenage Ryan as he hurtles through the compelling, seedy, dangerous and headily addictive world of Cork’s violent underbelly.
‘It’s a temptation for writers to use the picaresque mode to create either a thriller or a social critique, but McInerney resists both. The hardships of working-class life are addressed. The lack of options facing Ryan is painful and it becomes clear that almost everyone he meets is a user or an alcoholic. But… this is as much a love letter to a cruel but curiously buzzing place as a lament.’ - The Guardian
‘Fast paced, compelling, and thrilling, Lisa McInerney writes the type of fiction that is both beautifully crafted and immensely enjoyable. She is one of the most exciting young authors to come out of Ireland in the last decade.’ — Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours
Read an introduction to Lisa McInerney's explosive debut on the Waterstones Blog
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 22 mm
Lisa Mcinerney is a writer busily combining the traditions of hardcore Irish crime writing with the kind of fast-talking foul-mouthed wit and gentle good humour that readers will recall from the work of Roddy Doyle, and producing popular state-of-the-nation novels as a consequence * Times Literary Supplement *
If you like Trainspotting, Peaky Blinders, Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino then this is a rackety, kinetic, hold-your-attention-at-gunpoint book * The Times *
An addictive read * Guardian *
Trainspotting meets Goodfellas . . . McInerney writes with delicious irreverence and her fiction in this book has a fast, filmic quality * Evening Standard *
McInerney writes with enviable verve, swagger and humour * Mail on Sunday *
Delectable and vigorously entertaining * Irish Independent *
Lively, entertaining, salty and funny * Irish Examiner *
Vivid, compelling and moving * Observer *
The plot's a slippery snake of dodgy deals and deadly double crosses, with a series of handbrake turns at the end. It's standard gangster stuff, spiked into originality by the chemical kick of McInerney's prose * The Spectator *
A hard-edged, gritty novel with terrific tempo and good characterisation . . . McInerney is a pacy storyteller at the top of her game * Daily Express *
Lisa McInerney is a preposterously gifted writer, Amis-like, almost Shakespearean, in her ability to riff, refresh and amuse * New Statesman *
An exuberant noirish romp that also speaks of the sad fallout of a loveless childhood * Financial Times *
This summer I can wholeheartedly recommend Lisa McInerney's novel The Blood Miracles, the devastatingly brilliant follow-up to her prize-winning debut The Glorious Heresies. In my inexpert opinion, McInerney's hero Ryan Cusack is quickly becoming one of Irish fiction's iconic protagonists * Sally Rooney, Irish Times *
An exuberant noirish romp that also speaks of a loveless childhood * Financial Times, Books of the Year *
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