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Mosey on down to Whelan’s to celebrate the launch of Patrick McCabe’s long-awaited new novel, Heartland, with a good old-fashioned Variety Show from Outer Space.

Readings (with country music) by Patrick McCabe, and by Ted McCarthy and Rebecca O’Connor, comedy by Kevin McGahern and drama written and directed by Phil Doherty. Music by Paddy Goodwin and the Holy Ghosts. Keep it country…

Tickets, including booking fee: €15 including a paperback copy of the novel (which retails at €13.95), or €6 without.

A limited number of signed, numbered hardbacks will be available on the night. Paperbacks can be upgraded to a hardback for an extra €7.

Book Now via Whelans or Eventbrite


Heartland by Patrick McCabe

‘This world is a bad dream.’

Seven men wait in Mervyn’s Mountain Bar, awaiting the arrival of Tony Begley and his six-inch boning knife, Sweety. Ray ‘Ringo’ Wade hides above them in the rafters, silent and consumed by shame as Jody, the only friend he’s ever known, lies beaten and bound in the outhouse, waiting to meet his maker at the hands of the bar’s raucous inhabitants.

The reason for this bloody retribution? Ray and Jody went and jacked over the one and only William Walter Monroe – the man who took them in, for better or worse, and single-handedly moulded Glasson County into a place people could be proud of.

To a man, they bear the mark of Cain, and the acts of the past are never far from the present. Insulated from the world by his shaky delusion, Ray Wade recounts the tale he has no choice but to live with.

A backwoods sinfonia of rough poetry and black comedy about the love we give and the horror we visit upon one other – and ourselves.

About the Author

Patrick McCabe was born in 1955 in Clones, County Monaghan. He is the author of The Butcher Boy, which won the Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction; The Dead SchoolBreakfast on Pluto and others. The Butcher Boyand Breakfast on Pluto were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Winterwood was published in 2006, and was named the 2007 Hughes & Hughes/Irish Independent Irish Novel of the Year.


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