Winner of the Desmond Elliot Prize 2016.
Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2016.
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year.
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 postcrash society. Ryan is a 15-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 40 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 20th-century attitudes towards sex and family.
"Totally and unmistakably the real deal." (Kevin Barry)
"A real stunner; a wild ride of a read." (Donal Ryan)
"A gripping and often riotously funny tale." (Colin Barrett)
"A punchy, edgy, sexy, fizzing feast of a debut novel." (Joseph O'Connor)
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By ros on 05-06-16
A fantastic listen
If they give out oscars for how well a book is read, Shelley Atkinson deserves one. All the characters are beautifully drawn by Lisa McInerney and dialogue different and Atkinson voices each one beautifully and truthfully to the writers great talent.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 17-08-16
I loved the wit of the Irish voice in this story and the talent of the narrator in bringing it to life. Maureen was my favourite - she made me laugh out loud a few times. Beautifully written. Best book I've listened to in a long time.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Meredith on 03-05-18
A wonderful story depicting life in Cork. I laughed, I cried, and honestly I can't decide if I wanna read the second book or crawl into a corner for a week. Great books make you feel things and this was magnificent. I can't wait to see what else Lisa McLnerney creates.
By toasty on 13-04-18
Would you listen to The Glorious Heresies again? Why?
The writing, the language, the masterful performance
What does Shelley Atkinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her accents and clear voices of each character, an excellent performance.