'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
From the Back Cover
'A tender, brutal tale focusing on God, love and violence' Grazia
'Vibrant and evocative' Stylist
'Assured, involving . . . richly imagined' Independent
Imagine an alternative England, where the Church controls the country and non-believers have been exiled to a remote island.
On the Island, a fierce group of boys patrols the community, searching for signs of faith and punishing any believers. When a new girl appears, arriving from the mainland to search for her long-lost mother, the gang is split: one boy falls in love with her, another seeks violent revenge. The struggle between them will change everything . . .
'Gripping, well-crafted . . . an impressive debut' Observer
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