Set against the soundtrack of David Bowie’s first Berlin album Low, Two Souls is an explosive novel that moves deftly between three time-frames: Belfast, August 1978 and the doomed love affair between a young punk and an older, bohemian art student; April 1979, specifically a frenzied Irish Cup Final day, the young punk now transformed into a violent football hooligan; and, through a series of smuggled ‘prison comms’, the dark, paramilitary-stalked Belfast streets of 1987, that young punk now an INLA leader embarking on the assassination of former comrades in a bitter feud, where all threads collide in a tense, thrilling denouement.
A roiling, seething cast of football hoolies, anarchic punks, paramilitary killers, disillusioned socialists swimming against a tribal tide and a young couple in a love affair that leaves a bitter, lethal legacy, and all played out against a fizzing backdrop of sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, child abuse, punishment shootings, vile sectarianism, the advent of video porn and the end of communism.
At turns shocking and heart-breaking, with razor-sharp language and a turbo-charged plot, Two Souls is a singular ‘Troubles’ novel like no other, tragically exposing human nature’s futile efforts to make the right decisions and to choose a life worth living. Think Irving Welsh meets Martin Amis against a febrile and gritty sectarian backdrop.
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Date of Publication: 20/08/2019