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  • The Glorious Heresies

  • Winner of the Baileys' Women's Prize for Fiction 2016
  • Written by: Lisa McInerney
  • Narrated by: Shelley Atkinson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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.

©2015 Lisa McInerney (P)2016 John Murray Press

What the critics say

" 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)

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didn't live up to expectations

excellent narrating of an ok story that had potential but did not finish as well as i had hoped

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excellent just excellent

This is the mass book I've yet I've read so far in 2020 lotsa great humourous raw real it's a must read

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  • Virginia S.
  • 2019-01-15

The narrator is wonderful. Thestory; baffling

The story was so confusing that it made it hard to appreciate their lovely accent in which it was read .

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  • Maggie
  • 2018-08-06

The Best Narration

Some stories are meant to be heard. Shelley Atkinson's narration of The Glorious Heresies made a fantastic story even better. Atkinson really brought the characters and their corner of Ireland to life.

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  • 2018-05-03

Wow

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.

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  • toasty
  • 2018-04-13

Outstanding

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.