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For The Good Times

David Keenan

Award-winning author David Keenan’s second novel plunges the reader into the dark night of Belfast in the 1970s: an era of military terror and sectarian violence, of occult visions and religious intensity.

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571340521
Date Published
02.01.2020
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Summary

WINNER OF THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ENCORE AWARD 2020

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.

Critic Reviews

Outstanding: phantasmagoric, high-octane, hilarious and horrific.

Wendy Erskine, Irish Times Books of the Year
Critic Reviews

A gasp-inducing thrill of a ride.

i independent
Critic Reviews

An exhilarating novel, burning with rage, danger and dark humour.

Literary Review
Critic Reviews

Remarkable . . . demented brilliance.

Scotland on Sunday
Critic Reviews

Fantastic . . . Keenan crawls inside history, heading straight to the heart of darkness . . . An extraordinary tale.

Suzanne Moore, New Statesman
Critic Reviews

This is visionary fiction, occult in intent, brilliant in execution.

Eoin McNamee, Irish Times
DavidKeenan

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

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