May's Book of the Month: 'Skintown'

Pat Kenny and the Eason Book Club will read Ciaran McMenamin's debut novel

May's Book of the Month: 'Skintown'


After last month’s historical non-fiction look at domestic abuse in 19th-century Ireland, the Eason Book Club on The Pat Kenny Show moves forward in time and up North for May, with Ciaran McMenamin’s novel Skintown.

“We’re in the back of a car belonging to the men our mothers told us to never get in the back of a car of,” says the book’s protagonist, Vincent Patrick Duffy. “I close my eyes and wonder how many girls will come to my funeral.”

The 90s-set novel sees Duffy as a young dreamer, who’s already checked out. Trapped between Skintown’s narrow horizons, he chops ribs and chickens in a takeaway, imagining a path to escape, joint after freshly rolled joint.

A mindless act of kindness leads to the unlikeliest of business opportunities. Where the government has failed, might the second summer of love and a little pill with a dove on it be the broom to sweep away the hatred and replace it with love, so much love?

Skintown is Vinny’s drink and drug-fuelled odyssey through fighting, fishing, rioting, romance, reconciliation, and acid house. Bristling with a restless energy and drunk on black humour, this superb debut is a wild ride.

The Eason Book Club panellists will gather in Newstalk’s studios to share their thoughts on McMenamin’s book on May 18th. So get reading!

In the meantime, you can listen back to April’s Eason Book Club segment on The Doctor’s Wife is Dead in the podcast below:

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