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Publisher's Synopsis

'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. I close my eyes and wonder how many girls will come to my funeral.'

Vincent Patrick Duffy has already checked out. Trapped between Skintown's narrow horizons, he chops ribs and chickens in a takeaway, dreaming of 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.


'Ciaran McMenamin writes brilliantly ... Horrifying and hilarious, Skintown is a compulsive read.' Liz Nugent

'Lures the reader into the madcap night and then delivers a hairpin twist.' Irish Times

'A supercharged riot of a debut novel, zinging with confidence and intelligence.' Joseph O'Connor

Book information

ISBN: 9781784162733
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Black Swan Ireland
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 279
Weight: 204g
Height: 203mm
Width: 146mm
Spine width: 18mm