'She writes quite beautifully, carrying one irresistibly through to a world in which Richard Dawkins has become a bovver boy and the Church is in charge of the country.' --Giles Foden
'The comforts of faith, the terrors of extremism, the loneliness of not believing anything at all: these are the aggressively modern tensions that pierce Wood's novel . . . it's a richly conceived debut' --Metro
`Whoever said religion and politics shouldn't be discussed at dinner parties might need to think again, as this tale of faith and power from a young British writer is bound to get tables talking . . . An exploration of gang terror with whispers of A Clockwork Orange and a nod to Lord of the Flies, the novel also has shades of 2006's film This is England. But it's the surprising tenderness and cliché-free sentimentality that sets this story apart. Vibrant and evocative language give a tangible bitterness to this sharp story about lives saved, and doomed, by religious faith.' --Book of the Week, Stylist
`The comforts of faith, the terrors of extremism, the loneliness of not believing anything at all: these are the aggressively modern tensions that pierce Wood's novel . . . it's a richly conceived debut' --Metro
'Wood's use of language is deft and ambitious. . . Wood is only twenty-seven yet her writing already has distinction.' --Literary Review
'Wood's Island, a dank environment of anaemic despair, is compelling, though more fey than feral; the story constructed as a parable of betrayal and wonder.' --Guardian
'Wood has skillfully woven into the larger dramatic context of the narrative itself, a mix of incident, commentary, and dialogue which allows her to avoid any ungainly or plot-stopping summary of information. A readable and engaging debut, The Godless Boys marks Naomi Woods as a writer of talent and promise' --Irish Examiner
If you were forced to live with faith, or without, which would you choose? England. 1986. The Church controls the country, and all members of the Secular Movement have been expelled to the Island. On the Island, religion is outlawed. A gang of boys patrols the community, searching for signs of faith, and punishing any believers. When an English girl arrives intent on finding her mother who disappeared, mysteriously, ten years ago she is swept up in the dangerous games of the gang. But while one boy falls in love with her, the other wants revenge for the wrongs of the past, and, as the violence escalates, the English girl becomes their pawn. The Godless Boys is a book about faith, and life without faith; about love, and its absence. But above all, it's about power, and how dangerous it can be to stand out from the crowd. Both violent and tender, its a remarkable debut, and clearly marks Naomi Wood as a name to note.