Reading Ireland Month is being run by by Cathy746Books and The Fluff is Raging and is affectionately known as the Begorrathon. This month, bloggers unite to read and review a range of Irish literature, film and music in celebration of Irish culture! What better way to spend St Patrick’s Day (and month!) than having a great time with Irish lit?
Well, my very lovely people, I’ve had a rather shoddy Reading Ireland Month. I had wonderful intentions, but sadly due to uni commitments I couldn’t do the reading or writing that I wanted to do. Apparently I’m not superhuman, which came as a complete surprise to me.
To make it up to you all, I thought I’d do a giveaway. I’ve never done one of these before, but now is as good a time as any!
I will be giving away one set of the P.C O’Neill novels by Matt McGuire, so one lucky person will be sent both Dark Dawn and When Sorrows Come, via The Book Depository!
Belfast. January 2005. Acting Detective Sergeant John O’Neill stands over the body of a dead teenager. The corpse was discovered on the building site of a luxury development overlooking the River Lagan. Kneecapped then killed, the body bears the hallmarks of a punishment beating. But this is the new Northern Ireland – the Celtic Tiger purrs, the Troubles are over, the paramilitaries are gone. So who is the boy? Why was he killed? O’Neill quickly realises that no one cares who the kid is – his colleagues, the politicians, the press – making this case one of the toughest yet. And he needs to crack this one, his first job as Principle Investigator, or he risks ending up back in uniform. Disliked by the Chief Inspector and with his current rank yet to be ratified, O’Neill is in a precarious position. With acute insight, Matt McGuire’s cracking debut exposes the hidden underbelly of the new Northern Ireland, a world of drug dealing, financial corruption and vigilante justice.
Belfast, 2am, Tomb Street. A young man lies dead in an alley. Cracked ribs, broken jaw, fractured skull. With the Celtic Tiger purring and the Troubles in their death throes, Detective Sergeant John O’Neill is called to investigate. Meanwhile O’Neill’s partner, DI Jack Ward, a veteran troubles detective, is receiving death threats from an unknown source…When Sorrows Come is a brutal expose of the criminal underworld in the new Northern Ireland, a place where the dead are not all created equal.
Last year I read Dark Dawn and absolutely loved it. I want to share the love and help get some recognition for Northern Irish crime writers. They have their own unique style and a gritty feel, which I just love. I love Northern Ireland as well, so I think Belfast and it’s surrounds are such a great place to set a novel. The slow death of The Troubles also gives Northern Irish literature an extra edge, which really can’t be replicated elsewhere.
If you’d like to win a copy of Dark Dawn and When Sorrows Come by Matt McGuire, comment below, telling me about your favourite thing about Ireland and Irish literature!
This competition is international- the only limitation to who can enter is whether or not The Book Depository delivers to your country! I think they deliver to most places, so you should be fine, just check their website if you’re not sure.
This giveaway will close on the 20th of March 2015, at 11.59pm AEST, so best get cracking!
Please feel free to enter! Good luck!