The Glorious Heresies

Author(s): Lisa McInerney

Fiction - Contemporary

'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 her son has worked so hard for, while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight ... Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland's twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family.


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WINNER of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016

Shortlisted for Irish Book Awards: Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year 2015.


 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 ... full of cracking lines and singular characters --Telegraph

An accomplished, seriously enjoyable and high-octane morality tale, full of empathy, feeling and soul --Irish Times

The Glorious Heresies heralds the arrival of a glorious, foul-mouthed, fizzing new talent --Sunday Times

A tough pitiless cross section of modern Ireland after the demise of the Celtic Tiger. And through all the darkness and violence, it is fiendishly hilarious --The Times

Arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland today --Irish Times

The Sweary Lady is on bellicose form ... McInerney has talent to burn --Guardian

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

The [book] I reached for as my book at bedtime, the one I tore through most hungrily ... The strongest thing about the book is its security of characterisation and tightness of plot; and particularly, the way in which turns of the plot are tangibly shaped by the flaws that even the more likeable characters (and they're all likeable to some extent) possess --The Spectator

This debut novel set in the world of the Irish underclass, is brutally funny --Sunday Times

Every bit as nuanced and sad and sharp as we'd have hoped, and as gloriously expansive and manic and iconoclastic as the title suggests --Bookmunch

McInerney's riotous, sweary debut tracks the lives of five outsiders living in Ireland's post-boom badlands ... It delves into the complicated webs of relationships that make up a family, and explores shame and the search for redemption with wholehearted exuberance --Psychologies

Lisa McInerney's debut takes a revenge and redemption storyline and weaves in Ireland's inability to come to terms with its recent past --Belfast Telegraph

McInerney's prose is unshowy and - a rare thing - largely un-Joycean, and she tells a good story ... she writes about what she knows best and gets it right. Her dialogue is realistic and her prose fluent --The Spectator

Like her compatriot Kevin Barry, McInerney writes in the local vernacular, with a smattering of Gaelic. Her cynical voice is pitch-perfect for a community left behind by a Church that has done its damage and a Celtic tiger that has made a dash for the airport ... a rich, touching, hilarious novel --FT Weekend

A spectacular debut ... Tough and tender, gothic and lyrical, it is a head-spinning, stomach-churning state-of-the-nation novel --Telegraph

...a big, brassy, sexy beast of a book, --Joseph O'Connor, Irish Times

Fizzing, foul-mouthed debut by the author of the blog Arse End of Ireland --Sunday Times

A rollicking tale of drug dealing, young love and accidental murder in Cork --Guardian


Lisa McInerney is from Galway and is the author of award-winning blog 'Arse End of Ireland'. The Irish Times has called her 'arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland today'. Her mother remains unimpressed.

General Fields

  • : 9781444798883
  • : Hodder & Stoughton
  • : John Murray
  • : 0.268
  • : December 2014
  • : 198mm X 144mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lisa McInerney
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 823.92
  • : very good
  • : 384