Skintown

  • by Ciaran McMenamin
  • Narrated by Ciaran McMenamin
  • 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

'We're in the back of a car belonging to the men our mothers told us to never get in the back of a car of. I close my eyes and wonder how many girls will come to my funeral.'
Vincent Patrick Duffy has already checked out. Trapped between Skintown's narrow horizons, he chops ribs and chickens in a takeaway, dreaming of escape, joint after freshly rolled joint.
A mindless act of kindness leads to the unlikeliest of business opportunities. Where the government has failed, might the second summer of love and a little pill with a dove on it be the broom to sweep away the hatred and replace it with love, so much love?
Skintown is Vinny's drink- and drug-fuelled odyssey through fighting, fishing, rioting, romance, reconciliation and acid house. Bristling with a restless energy and drunk on black humour, this superb debut is a wild ride.

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A stunning debut

One of the most accomplished debuts I've read in recent years. Beautifully written, and as tragic as it is funny, Skintown is a stark account of teenage life in 90's Northern Ireland, buoyed by dark humour and a cast of colourful and memorable characters. The author's narration is fantastic and gives the audiobook that extra bit of authenticity it needs to keep the reader immersed in both the story and the culture.
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- Eamon

A well written and well read rollercoaster ride

Wow - this book is quite a ride. Set in Northern Ireland - mid to late nineties I guess - it portrays a short but resonant part of the life of one Vincent Duffy. The story is well told - it weaves together the threat of violence, violence, profanity, drugs, affairs of the heart and more - and all with a large dose of humour. Some of it is quite surreal - a lot of it very much in your face. Some great observations and I as mentioned much to laugh at along the way - even if a fair amount of that is dark.

Ciaran McMenamin is not only an excellent author - he is a brilliant narrator and does a fabulous job of bringing the story and the characters to life.

Highly recommended - and you've been warned about the language, violence and drugs.
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- Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks