The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney review


I did not enjoy this book at all. Lisa McInerney can certainly write and she captures the language of her characters really well. It was just the subject matter. I have grown out of depressing books about the underclass. Irvine Welsh did it thirty years ago but today this work wins the Baileys Prize and is regarded as edgey. It was also billed as hilarious but I found no humour in it. The setting is Cork council estate. The characters are small time drug dealers and prostitutes. It is unrelentingly grim. The Catholic Church gets the usual de rigeur bashing as does fundamentalist Christianity. There is no light. I am way beyond books like this now.


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