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Acclaimed author publishes gripping new novel

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Critics have been raving about Michael Magee’s new novel Close To Home from the award-winning Irish author.

Sean is back. Back in Belfast and back into old habits. Back on the mad all-nighters, the borrowed  tenners and missing rent, the casual jobs that always fall through. Back in these scarred streets, where  the promised prosperity of peacetime has never arrived. Back among his brothers, his ma, and all the  things they never talk about. Until one night Sean finds himself at a party – dog-tired, surrounded by  jeering strangers, his back against the wall – and he makes a big mistake. 

‘Magee is the author of one of the most electrifying debut novels of the past year and one of the most  distinctive new voices to emerge from Northern Irish literature’ The Charlotte Aitken Sunday Times  Young Writer of the Year award chair of judges Johanna Thomas-Corr 

‘What sets this apart is the voice, which perfectly evokes a character and a community straining so hard  against the systemic clamps of poverty, disillusionment, and ennui that the effort crackles off the page.’  The Nero Book Awards judges 

'Staggeringly humane, unfaltering, taut and tender... [It] feels like that rarest of things: a genuinely  necessary book' Guardian 

‘ An exceptional debut destined for novel of the year shortlists’ Irish Times

About the author 

Michael Magee is the fiction editor of The Tangerine and a graduate of the PhD Creative  Writing programme at Queen’s University, Belfast. His writing has appeared in Winter  Papers, The Stinging Fly, The Lifeboat and in The 32: An Anthology of Working Class  Writing. Close to Home is Magee’s first novel and he lives in Belfast. 

[ Close To Home is published by Penguin priced £9.99, also available in e and audiobook. ]

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