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Backstop Land

by Glenn Patterson

Backstop Land Synopsis

A witty and impassioned book on Ulster, which has been thrust into the centre of British and European politics and which is likely to become Britain's frontier with the wider world. Very few citizens of the mainland UK know very much about Ulster, after 20 years of uneasy peace. Backstop Land investigates the murky network of ever-renewing tentacles of the IRA, and the lives of those who support and lead the DUP, who have held British politics to ransom for three years - a fundamentalist, embittered and irreconcilable minority with its sincere belief in religious truths that seem alien to the vast majority of secular Britons. Patterson is a brilliantly witty observer of his community, and as a liberal Protestant (and Unionist) married to a southern Catholic he can explore both worlds with equal ease. There are endless books about the legacy of the Troubles, but nothing like this.

Backstop Land Press Reviews

PRAISE FOR GULL: 'Glenn Patterson has written a decorous book about a big, indecorous American failure ... As a true stories go, it's a good one, and Patterson is alert to every nuance. He is by now a tremendously proficient novelist ... A rich, fictional achievement' Literary Review. 'Witty, entertaining, thought-provoking' The Times. 'Here, the whole preposterous saga is rendered hilarious and poignant. Gull confirms Patterson's status as one of Northern Ireland's finest fictional chroniclers' Sunday Times. 'Colourful ... If anyone can tell the curious DeLorean story in Northern Ireland, it's Patterson' Observer. 'A complex story put together with intuitive ease and panache. And for all that Patterson is a writer of the small intimacies, the everyday graces, he is compelling on the intercontinental sweep of the DeLorean tale' Irish Times.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838932022
Publication date: 31st October 2019
Author: Glenn Patterson
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Politics & government,

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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