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  • Heartland by Patrick McCabe


‘He writes like an Irish Lenny Bruce, riffing at warp speed, swerving from one time to another and one place to another and strewing the landscape with allusion . . . and somehow it all makes sense . . . The stories McCabe tells have a terrible beauty.’
The New York Times

‘[McCabe] is the fortunate possessor of a savage and unfettered imagination; his books … dissect life’s miseries with a gleam­ing comedic scalpel’ – The Times

‘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.


‘At its best, the book can become a sort of Beckettian Reservoir Dogs. Bound together by time and crime, the men in the bar start to reveal bits of themselves and their associates in one communal sinister past, which is wrought with a folkloric strain of haunting and inexplicable happening. It is hard boiled: full of menacing patter and gold teeth glinting in the moonlight.’ – The Irish Times

‘Exuberant, Tarantino-esque…an arresting writer’. – Irish Independent

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 School; Breakfast on Pluto and others. The Butcher Boy and 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.


Patrick McCabe


C-Format, PB





Release Date

April 2018

Additional Information

Weight .340 g
Dimensions .215 × .135 × .15 mm


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