For The Good Times

For The Good Times

ISBN
9780571340521
Published
02/01/2020
9780571340521
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
368

About the Book

WINNER OF THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019

From the author of This Is Memorial Device.

‘A gasp-inducing thrill of a ride.’ i Independent

‘An exhilarating novel, burning with rage, danger and dark humour.’ Literary Review

‘Remarkable . . . demented brilliance.’ Scotland on Sunday

Belfast, 1970s: Sammy and his three friends live in an impoverished area of the city that has become the epicentre of a country seemingly intent on cannibalising itself. They love sharp clothes, a good drink, and the songs of Perry Como, whose commitment to clean living holds up a dissonant mirror to their own attempts to rise above their circumstances. They dream of a Free State, and their methods for achieving this are uncompromising. But For the Good Times is not just a novel about the IRA. It is about the heartbreak and devastation that commitment to ‘the cause’ can bring; of violence and betrayal, breakdown and rebirth.

WINNER OF THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019From the author of This Is Memorial Device.‘A gasp-inducing thrill of a ride.’ i Independent‘An exhilarating novel, burning with rage, danger and dark humour.’ Literary Review‘Remarkable . . . demented brilliance.’ Scotland on SundayBelfast, 1970s: Sammy and his three friends live in an impoverished area of the city that has become the epicentre of a country seemingly intent on cannibalising itself. They love sharp clothes, a good drink, and the songs of Perry Como, whose commitment to clean living holds up a dissonant mirror to their own attempts to rise above their circumstances. They dream of a Free State, and their methods for achieving this are uncompromising. But For the Good Times is not just a novel about the IRA. It is about the heartbreak and devastation that commitment to ‘the cause’ can bring; of violence and betrayal, breakdown and rebirth.
  • David Keenan

    David Keenan is the author of England's Hidden Reverse: A Secret History of the Esoteric Underworld and a senior critic on The Wire.

“Outstanding: phantasmagoric, high-octane, hilarious and horrific.”
- Wendy Erskine, Irish Times Books of the Year
“A gasp-inducing thrill of a ride.”
- i independent

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