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The Bastard Pleasure,
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As I set McGrady's latest offering down, I am a little shellshocked. The lilt and rhythm are what I have come to recognise as his.The plot was unexpected. Be in no doubt, this novel will leave you with a book hangover.
Within recent memory are the body searches, the Army and RUC patrols as they try and bring order to the death ridden,terror filled streets of Belfast; while the great Ulster populace attempt normality in any way they can. The trudge to work through burnt out cars and bombed buildings, safety and sanity in routine. Yet even in this routine, danger and life changing decisions are to be had. The Ulster humour and craic pokes through and will have you belly laughing while you weep as the story unfolds.
Through shouts of 'No Surrender and Brits Out' Seamus McGladdery takes us to his work at Ingalls Bakery and it is there we are challenged to take sides..as we took sides during 'The Troubles' but to expect the expected is naive with this author.
The story shows how the warring sides used the Ulster violence to set their own agendas and how the street justice of the 'Kangaroo Courts' was well used by both.
Challenging, provocative and at times uncomfortable this novel leaves me wishing that Seamus McGladdery had stayed a boy trying to spend a stolen fiver.