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About the Author: Lisa McInerney

Lisa McInerney was born in 1981 and just about grew up to be a writer of contemporary fiction. Her debut novel The Glorious Heresies (John Murray) was shortlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction and longlisted for the 2016 Dylan Thomas Prize and the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Lisa’s short stories have featured in The Stinging Fly, on BBC Radio 4 and in the anthologies The Long Gaze Back (New Island) and Town and Country (Faber). Lisa lives in Galway with a husband, a daughter and a dog called Angua. She learned the word 'sporadically' from Clueless, and has endeavoured to use it sporadically ever since.

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Winner of the Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction 2016 by

Goodreads rating: 3.83

Paperback, by John Murray

ISBN10: 144479888X | ISBN13: 9781444798883

Page count: 371

'The Glorious Heresies heralds the arrival of a glorious, foul-mouthed, fizzing new talent' SUNDAY TIMES
'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

'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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