The Rest Just Follows
This new novel from Glenn Patterson is a charming coming-of-age tale set in 70s Belfast
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Belfast, 1970s: Craig, St John and Mazine meet while at secondary school. Three very different people, they each come from testing backgrounds, and become friends just as life gets exciting and adulthood beckons. The years pass, and they try to live with themselves and the darker deeds of their hometown as honestly as they can. The Rest Just Follows is a sharply witty story about the people and place that make us who we are.
A sheer pleasure to read.
The Rest Just Follows feels very real - almost painfully so at times - and never pat or cliched. These characters ring true, their situations are believable; the writing is unadorned, the tone honest and a little wistful ... A warm-hearted, well-crafted and engaging book.
The language in the book, particularly at the start, is in the vernacular of Belfast children, and there is a marvel in it being both authentic and intelligible ...The book works as a reassurance that an absurd upbringing can deliver you to sanity and wellbeing.
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