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Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781473668904

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‘THE RULES OF REVELATION is not only a glorious, bold, funny state-of-the-nation novel, but a beautiful and painful love story too’ SALLY ROONEY

‘One of the great achievements of modern Irish fiction’ SUNDAY TIMES


Ireland. Great nationalists, bad mothers and a whole lot of secrets. Ryan Cusack is ready to deliver its soundtrack.

Former sex-worker Georgie wants the truth about Ryan’s past out there but the journalist has her own agenda.

Mel returns from Brexit Britain, ill-equipped to deal with the resurgence of a family scandal.

Karine has always been sure of herself, till a terrible secret tugs the rug from under her.

Maureen has got wind that things are changing, and if anyone’s telling the story she wants to make sure it’s her.

A riotous blast of sex, scandal, obsession, love, feminism, gender, music, class and transgression from an author with tremendous, singular talent.

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A belting read of drink, drugs, music and finally getting to grips with the past
The Gloss Mention
Bright, funny and inventive with a chart-topper's swagger . . . McInerney's set is as Cork as Barry's Tea and just as strong
Irish Times
There's a gang of powerful young women writers in Ireland right now. But the one they should all be looking up to is Lisa McInerney . . . [she] is a fine writer who knows how to sharpen a sentence, and make every word count. She also writes brilliantly about music . . . Take a deep breath and hear this. Lisa McInerney's Cork trilogy is a major Irish literary achievement. And The Rules of Revelation is a riveting and essential read.
Hot Press Magazine
Bristles with snap, crackle and pop . . . [Rules of Revelation] showcases a writer who isn't afraid to raise her voice . . . frank, gutsy and not for the faint-hearted
Irish Independent
McInerney's observations on both gender politics and Ireland's perpetual identity crisis remain acute
Daily Mail
Sardonic, sexy, witty, lanky with a winsome smirk, which breaks into a long-stride run for the pure pleasure of it - and it is a pleasure to observe
The Spectator
Sharp and satisfying . . . McInerney's world is a compelling sleazy demi-monde of drug dealers, sex workers and property developers, and she has a pleasing disdain for minimalism: here you'll find big characters and lots of them
A literary feast . . . when it comes to fine writing [McInerney] is both architect and interior designer in her craft . . . [McInerney's] novels are rich with intriguing individuals of varying morals
Connaught Tribune
Lisa McInerney writes beautifully, her swooping prose offset by her brisk, blunt and unaffected dialogue
Bright and inventive, the dialogue funny, sharp and revealing of character
Irish Times Culture
The rollercoaster conclusion to the Women's prize-winning 'unholy trinity' of big-hearted, sharp-mouthed novels set amid Cork's seamy underbelly. A sideways look at modern Ireland, and a comic treat
A belting read of drink, drugs, music and finally getting to grips with the past
The Gloss
Remarkable . . . It's hard to imagine anyone making a better go of creating a world this rich and real than McInerney
RTE Culture
It's got all the crackle and verve and mad vivid life we've come to expect but it's so open-hearted and warm, too, and utterly engrossing - it's her best work to date, which is really saying something
No other writer captures the pained, complex lives of damaged young men and women in contemporary Ireland like McInerney does. With her savage wit and caustic eye there's no shirking of the ugly truths of Irish society and the havoc wreaked on innocent lives. This is a raw, intense novel, full of tenderness, humour and above all humanity.
Unsparing, unsentimental, but deeply affectionate...THE RULES OF REVELATION is stylish and relentlessly original
THE RULES OF REVELATION is a perfect end to one of the best trilogies in modern Irish literature. McInerney's writing moves from the tragic to the hilarious with a dazzling deftness, examining a post-Crash Ireland - and its hypocrisy in how it shapes class, art, and feminism - with a gimlet eye. A triumph
LOUISE O'NEILL, Irish Examiner
An enthralling and expansive novel. There is no mistaking the brilliantly inventive, savage, technicolour bounce of McInerney's prose
The characters, the dialogue, the wit and humanity - everything about this book glows
Impressive . . . As in its predecessors in this, the most essential English-language fiction cycle since St Aubyn's Patrick Melrose novels, The Rules of Revelation's scenes are so alive and real, so insidiously affecting, that they weirdly engage most of the senses.
[Lisa McInerney has] high-voltage verve and an acute understanding of Ireland . . . [she is] a richly savage writer and an incisive chronicler of her home country
The Times
Flesh and blood, [McInerney's characters] are filled with the same contradictions and insecurities we all possess. On every page, we see how love, death and art inform their personalities . . . McInerney is a talented writer and has a way of injecting fun, farce and pathos when least expected
Sunday Independent Review
Few [Irish writers] have their finger on the pulse of contemporary society as strongly as Lisa McInerney. She propels the story via an energetic combination of irreverent dialogue, intimate vernacular and a vivid socio-political backdrop . . . you'll get a genuine sense of modern Ireland post-marriage equality and abortion referendums. You'll also get warmth, humour and an engaging love story amid all the division.
Sunday Business Post Review
The Rules of Revelation makes its own music, bold and bawdy, as it chases the demons and dragons that tease, thwart and titillate a quartet of women, all living in that city by the Lee
RTE Guide