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Bishop’s Delight

Bishop’s Delight
  • Bishop's Delight by Patrick McGinley


 ‘Patrick McGinley is a very gifted man.’ – New York Times

‘Patrick McGinley’s gifts for resonant dialogue, sexual frictions, graphic violence, and peripeteia have been well noted for over three decades by readers and critics who relish the extravagances of getting lost beyond the pale.’ – Times Literary Supplement

‘All a politician needs to know about hacks is that the best story wins.

They’re only entertainers who’ve wrapped themselves in the flag of truth…’


Taoiseach Jim Maguire has disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

Two rival journalists, Kevin Woody and Tony Sweetman, struggle to find the best story to tell about Maguire’s vanishing act.

As Woody and Sweetman navigate their turbulent personal lives while trying to keep the story of Maguire’s disappearance alive for another day, it begins to emerge that there may have been more to the missing Taoiseach than his political career. What is the truth about Maguire, and what is the mysterious Bishop’s Delight?

Bishop’s Delight shows novelist Patrick McGinley at his mesmerising best, showcasing his formidable literary style, his ever-present dark humour and his uncanny ability to explore uncomfortable truths.

About the Author

Patrick McGinley was born in Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal, and lives in Kent. Educated at Galway University, he later moved to London to work in publishing. His novels include Bogmail, Goosefoot, Fox Prints, Foggage (which was printed as part of New Island’s Modern Irish Classics Series), and Cold Spring. His Donegal childhood is described in his poignant memoir, That Unearthly Valley.


‘The book has a lively, readable style, pervaded by dark humour, and with many memorable lines and metaphors…The version of Irish politics – and journalism – given here rings disturbingly true.’ – The Irish Times 

‘Bishop’s Delight is very funny; I winced and laughed simultaneously at the line: “There must be a special place in hell for theologians and literary critics.” And there’s a lot of lovely writing.’ – Irish Independent



Patrick McGinley


C-format, paperback





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Additional Information

Weight .305 g
Dimensions .215 × .135 × .12 mm


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