The International

The International


By (author) Glenn Patterson

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  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 22mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Belfast
  • ISBN 10: 0856408123
  • ISBN 13: 9780856408120
  • Sales rank: 281,901

Product description

Saturday, 28 January 1967: it is a day like any other for eighteen-year old Danny, pulling pints behind the bar of the International Hotel in Belfast, watching the comings and goings of the eccentric clientele. But ordinary days like this are almost over. The hotel has already been witness to the city's dark tendencies - Danny's job was only secured after another barman was shot. And with the inaugural meeting of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association the following day, Belfast is on the cusp of changing forever. Intelligent, funny and humane, "The International" lovingly and poignantly recaptures the texture of Belfast life 'as it was then, before it was brought shaking, quaking, and laying about it with batons and stones on to the world's small screens'. This new edition of "The International" will be published alongside two of Patterson's other early novels and will include an exclusive Blackstaff 'Bookends' section featuring an essay by Anne Enright, an author interview and much, much more.

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Author information

GLENN PATTERSON was born in Belfast. He is the author of seven acclaimed novels: Burning Your Own (1988), which won the Rooney Prize and a Betty Trask First Novel Prize; Fat Lad (1992); Black Night at Big Thunder Mountain (1995); The International (1999); Number 5 (2003); That Which Was (2004); and The Third Party (2007). A collection of his journalistic writings, Lapsed Protestant, was published in 2006. He teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Queen's University Belfast and is a member of Aosdana.

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'Glenn Patterson has become the most serious and humane chronicler ofNorthern Ireland over the past thirty years, as well as one of the best contemporary Irish novelists.'COLM TOIBIN'A funny, moving, politically astute novel rooted in the last three decades of Belfast's history. Beautifully observed and crafted, I'd recommend it to anyone who values honest prose.'A.L. KENNEDY'When Patterson succeeds, he succeeds brilliantly. No other novelist has proved as capable of capturing the heart of modern Belfast.'SUNDAY TRIBUNE