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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

Critic Reviews

" 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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Shelley Atkinson - fantastic narrator

I found this novel hard to listen to- especially the early chapters. Shelley Atkinson helped me through with her fantastic ability at giving each character a distinctive voice.

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Glorious

I loved every minute of this book. Superbly read and brought to life by the beautiful Irish voice of Shelley Atkinson. This was my book club book. The two of us who listened to the text enjoyed it markedly more than those who read it - a testament to narrator. Engaging story (slightly too many coincidences I thought) and plenty to discuss. Nature/nurture, poverty, Irish economy, clever writing allowing the reader to cheer for the bad guy- always fun. Can't wait for the sequel.

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  • Australia
  • 31-03-2017

Fantastic book

Great characters and a great story. Very Irish great performance. Very enjoyable book, great for a long trip in the car.

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  • Bec
  • 15-01-2017

Fast paced fabulous dialogue

Very sweary with a rich cast of characters, I loved the Glorious Heresies. Well worth the effort in the beginning to keep track of who was who. Don't miss it.

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Excellent

Gripping story, beautiful writing, great narration & some five-star swearing. Throughly enjoyed it & would highly recommend it

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Amazing!!

Best audiobook I've heard all year. New favourite narrator. Immersive, terrifying and hilarious. Recommending to all

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  • Maggie
  • 06-08-2018

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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  • Meredith
  • 03-05-2018

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
  • 13-04-2018

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.

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  • ros
  • 05-06-2016

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-2016

Fantastic narration!

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.

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  • London Reviewer
  • 23-07-2016

Cark bai! <br />

Great stuff, makes me proud, happy to see such talent from the rebel County. Over annunciated at times, but I suppose may not be comprehensible to foreigners otherwise!

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  • ClareBC
  • 28-09-2016

Best audio book ever!

Listened in commute to and from work, and delighted in traffic jams as loved book!

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  • Ruth
  • 24-08-2016

Exceptional performance of a great book

The performance definitely brought this book to life. Wonderfully evocative language. Heartbreaking characters. Funny, sad and very real

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  • Kim Driver
  • 03-08-2016

A book I will never forget

This was a fantastic story.....listening to it on Audio was fantastic too as great marrator

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  • LocationF
  • 20-07-2016

Phew!

Darkly hilarious and heart wrenching all in the same breath. Very moving. Very vivid. Foul, but so linguistically beautiful in its narration.

Bravo!

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  • jaisalmeera
  • 04-06-2018

a fabulous piece of writing brilliantly performed.

layers of depth sufficed with a wry wit. highly recommended. the narrator brought every character vividly to life.

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  • Tabitha Burns
  • 24-04-2018

Loved the book and the narration in Cork accent!

Was lovely listening to a book read in a Cork accent, even if they might have toned it down a bit! The book is sometimea very dark, sometimes very funny. Gripping and enjoyable.

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  • Bee
  • 29-12-2017

Stunning

The characters are so well drawn and the narration so good it felt like I was watching a really good play.

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