The International: 'The Best Book About the Troubles Ever Written'

The International: 'The Best Book About the Troubles Ever Written'


By (author) Glenn Patterson

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  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 22mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Belfast
  • ISBN 10: 0856408123
  • ISBN 13: 9780856408120
  • Sales rank: 298,151

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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 ...Widely praised by writers and critics, including Colm Toibin and A.L. Kennedy, The International is 'the best book about the Troubles ever written'. The book also contains an essay by Glenn Patterson and a critical essay by Anne Enright. Glenn Patterson is also the author of Burning Your Own, Fat Lad and The Third Party, all published by Blackstaff Press.

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Author information

Glenn Patterson is the author of eight previous novels, including Burning Your Own, Fat Lad, The International - 'the best novel about the Troubles ever written' (Anne Enright) - and The Third Party. He is the co-writer of Good Vibrations (BBC Films/The Works), an award-winning movie based on the life of Belfast punk impresario Terri Hooley.

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The best book about the Troubles ever written. -- Anne Enright 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 Glenn Patterson has becme the most serious and humane chronicler of Northern Ireland over the past thiry years, as well as one of the best contemporary Irish novelists. -- Colm Toibin