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The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

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The second novel from the author of the Baileys Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies

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The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

Like all twenty-year-olds, Ryan Cusack is trying to get his head around who he is. This is not a good time for his boss to exploit his dual heritage by opening a new black market route from Italy to Ireland. It is certainly not a good time for his adored girlfriend to decide he's irreparably corrupted. And he really wishes he hadn't accidentally caught the eye of an ornery grandmother who fancies herself his saviour. There may be a way clear of the chaos in the business proposals of music promoter Colm and in the attention of the charming, impulsive Natalie. But now that his boss's ambitions have rattled the city, Ryan is about to find out what he's made of, and it might be that chaos is in his blood.


The second novel from the author of the Baileys Prize-winning The Glorious Heresies 'Fast paced, compelling, and thrilling, Lisa McInerney writes the type of fiction that is both beautifully crafted and immensely enjoyable' Louise O'Neill

'The Blood Miracles has all the brio, street smarts and vicious linguistic verve of The Glorious Heresies, but with this follow up Lisa McInerney also reminds us just how brilliantly accomplished and ruthlessly focused a storyteller she is' Colin Barrett

'An exuberant noirish romp that also speaks of a loveless childhood.' Financial Times, Books of the Year

'This summer I can wholeheartedly recommend Lisa McInerney's novel The Blood Miracles, the devastatingly brilliant follow-up to her prize-winning debut The Glorious Heresies. In my inexpert opinion, McInerney's hero Ryan Cusack is quickly becoming one of Irish fiction's iconic protagonists.' Sally Rooney, Irish Times

'An exuberant noirish romp that also speaks of the sad fallout of a loveless childhood.' Financial Times

'Lisa McInerney is a preposterously gifted writer, Amis-like, almost Shakespearean, in her ability to riff, refresh and amuse.' New Statesman

'A hard-edged, gritty novel with terrific tempo and good characterisation . . . McInerney is a pacy storyteller at the top of her game.' Daily Express

'The plot's a slippery snake of dodgy deals and deadly double crosses, with a series of handbrake turns at the end. It's standard gangster stuff, spiked into originality by the chemical kick of McInerney's prose.' The Spectator

'Vivid, compelling and moving.' Observer

'Lively, entertaining, salty and funny.' Irish Examiner

'Delectable and vigorously entertaining.' Irish Independent

'McInerney writes with enviable verve, swagger and humour.' Mail on Sunday

'Trainspotting meets Goodfellas . . . McInerney writes with delicious irreverence and her fiction in this book has a fast, filmic quality.' Evening Standard

'If you like Trainspotting, Peaky Blinders, Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino then this is a rackety, kinetic, hold-your-attention-at-gunpoint book.' The Times

'Lisa Mcinerney is a writer busily combining the traditions of hardcore Irish crime writing with the kind of fast-talking foul-mouthed wit and gentle good humour that readers will recall from the work of Roddy Doyle, and producing popular state-of-the-nation novels as a consequence.' Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Lisa McInerney

Lisa McInerney is from Galway and is the author of award-winning blog 'Arse End of Ireland'. The Irish Times has called her 'arguably the most talented writer at work in Ireland today'. Her mother remains unimpressed. The Glorious Heresies is her first novel. It has been longlisted for the Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction, the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize for Fiction.

Author photo © Lisa McInerney

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Publication date

30th January 2018


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John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


304 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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