Thursday, November 2, 2017

Book Beginning: The Glorious Heresies




He left the boy outside its own front door.

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney. Winner of the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. So far, I am loving this rollicking story about Irish street life, although drugs, prostitution, and murder are not my usual cup of tea.

I'm probably feeling feisty because I just today settled a huge sex abuse case in Montana against the Boy Scouts involving girls abused in Explorer Scouts in the 1970s.

So apologies for the  somewhat late post -- my team has been out celebrating!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



  1. Hi Gilion,

    Wow! that's one powerful premise, which really puts that short opening line into complete context. The cover art you shared is good, but I came across this hardcover version when I was searching Goodreads and I find this even more dramatic ..

    A potentially very violent and emotional read I should think!

    I read the article you linked to about the case you and your team just won and what an amazing result. It is no wonder you were out celebrating your well deserved victory :)

    Have a good weekend and thanks for hosting :)


  2. Something about that opening line seems so odd, like it doesn't match the tense or something. I'm glad you are enjoying the book.

  3. Glad you are enjoying it! And your win! Fantastic news! Of course you can be late if you've got a great reason like that... LOL

    Have a wonderful weekend, Gilion! Enjoy the rest?

    Here's mine: Emma in the Night.

    Luv Sass x

  4. Congrats on your win!!

    ENJOY your books.

  5. Congrats on winning the case! Impressive...and worth a celebration or two.

  6. Thanks for all the good wishes! We worked on the case for 8 years -- an unusually long time), so it is great to reach a resolution after such a long battle.

    Yvonne -- Thanks for sharing that alternate cover. It it more emotional. It is also a depiction of the murder weapon. (How's that for a teaser?)

  7. Congratulations on the win! How rewarding!

    This sounds interesting and fun and maybe a touch heartbreaking. I hope you continue to enjoy it!


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