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by Glenn Patterson

Gull Synopsis

It was one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland: the construction, during the war's most savage phase, of a factory in West Belfast to make a luxury sports car with gull-wing doors. Huge subsidies were provided by the British government. The first car rolled off the line during the appalling hunger strikes of 1981. The prime mover and central character of this intelligent, witty and moving novel was John DeLorean, brilliant engineer, charismatic entrepreneur and world-class conman. He comes to energetic, seductive life through the eyes of his fixer in Belfast, a traumatised Vietnam veteran, and of a woman who takes a job in the factory against the wishes of her husband. Each of them has secrets and desires they dare not share with anyone they know. A great American hustler brought to vivid life in the most unlikely setting imaginable.

Gull Press Reviews

'Pacy, humane and often amusing' Sunday Herald. 'Much more than a story about a failed sports car; at its heart it argues for a bittersweet triumph of ravenous hope over grim truth and crushing reality. In that sense [...] Patterson has written his most universal story to date' Irish Examiner. 'Witty, entertaining, thought-provoking' The Times. 'Modern Belfast has seldom been portrayed more vividly' Belfast Telegraph (7 books you should own). 'This is a complex story put together with intuitive ease and panache ... He is compelling' Irish Times. 'Hilarious and poignant. Gull confirms Patterson's status as one of Northern Ireland's finest fictional chroniclers' Sunday Times. 'A great read with tangible TV potential' Irish News Book of the Week. 'A tragi-comic story of terrorism and fraud' The Scotsman. 'Colourful ... If anyone can tell the curious DeLorean story in Northern Ireland, it's Patterson' Observer. 'A delightful novel ... A fluent narrative that unfolds with wit, charm and stranger-than-fiction twists' Daily Mail. 'No other novelist has proved as capable of capturing the heart of modern Belfast' Sunday Tribune. 'Glenn Patterson has written a decorous book about a big, indecorous American failure ... Patterson is alert to every nuance. He is by now a tremendously proficient novelist ... A rich, fictional achievement' Literary Review.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784971779
Publication date: 14th July 2016
Author: Glenn Patterson
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 336 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson was born and lives in Belfast. He is a graduate of the University of East Anglia creative writing course. He has written several acclaimed novels and co-wrote the screenplay of the film Good Vibrations, based on the Belfast music scene of the 1970s.

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