London Irish

London Irish

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Half-Irish, half-Scots (and half-cut), Bic runs a moderately-successful stall selling crepes in Greenwich market in the shadow of the Millennium dome (which is news to his father, who thinks he's dragging his heels a bit over his botany degree).
He's a decent enough fellow, quite organized really, with his own set of rules - although he has, he is the first to admit, broken most of them. For starters, he spends far too much time in the pub - and then there's that one about not sleeping with another older (and with a predilection towards extreme violence) man's wife...
And Bic's dream, while not topping the charts in the ambition stakes, is decent enough: to meet the right girl, return to Ulster, settle down and start Northern Ireland's first ostrich farm. But things haven't been going too well recently: the flat below his burnt to a cinder leaving its incumbent (deceased) melted to the loo seat; then a fellow stall-holder (also deceased) seems to have hit the deck (literally) of the nearby 'Cutty Sark' in suspicious circumstances and now the Culture Secretary has gone and run over Bic's beloved dog while supervising the arrangements for London's world-beating Millennial celebrations.
But then a silver - or rather a mysterious, somewhat elusive raven-haired - lining appears in the guise of Roisin. Not only has she taken over the stall opposite Bic's, she's also from home, heart-stoppingly beautiful and, as far as Bic can tell and if you don't count her two over-protective brothers, single. While wedding bells might still be a little way off, Bic felt things were looking up - until the morning he woke with a blinder of a hangover and discovered he was BRITAIN'S MOST WANTED MAN - on the run, with Roisin as his hostage and 14 murders to his name...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 24mm | 120g
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552770957
  • 9780552770958
  • 1,289,143

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There are 750,000 Irish living in London. One of them has to get out. For good.

Summer 1999. Only 157 shopping days until the new millennium and for Bic (half-Irish, half-Scots and half-cut), who ekes out a living selling crêpes to the hordes descending on Greenwich market, the year 2000 can't come quick enough. One severed ear, two bizarre deaths and the arrest of his dog for civil disobedience - so far Bic's annus has been pretty horribilis.

But a silver, or rather, a raven-haired lining appears in the guise of Roisin. She's from Home, she's heart-stoppingly beautiful and she's taken the stall opposite Bic's. Despite her over-protective brothers, things are definitely looking up.

At least they were until Bic wakes up the-morning-after-the-night-before, in his clothes, in Edinburgh, to find he's the UK's Most Wanted Man - on the run and with fourteen murders to his name...

A glorious comic thriller bursting with outrageous shenanigans, shot-to-pieces with black humour, while retaining a heart of gold, London Irish introduces a singular and entertaining new literary voice.
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Review Text

"'Very fresh, very funny. I laughed until I stopped'"
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Review quote

"'Very fresh, very funny. I laughed until I stopped'" -- Colin Bateman
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About Zane Radcliffe

Zane Radcliffe was born in Bangor, Northern Ireland in 1969. After graduating from Queen's University Belfast he moved to London in 1994 to become an advertising copywriter. He is now a Creative Director at Newhaven, a really good advertising agency in Edinburgh. His first novel, London Irish (2002), earned him the WHSmith 'People's Choice' New Talent Award. This follows the success of his first short story, My Dog (1974), which was awarded a B+ and a Big Red Tick by Miss Hasard at Ballyholme Primary School. His second novel, Big Jessie, is also published in Black Swan.
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90 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 20% (18)
4 38% (34)
3 26% (23)
2 16% (14)
1 1% (1)
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