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Close to Home

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/04/2024
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Beautiful Portrayal of Masculinity
This book is typically one I would not go for - However, I am glad I purchased it. 'Close to Home' displays an insightful perspective of brotherhood and ... READ MORE
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A gripping book portraying modern Northern Ireland through the lens of working-class and realistic characters navigating through toxic masculinity, trauma ... READ MORE
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Story of our time, you will learn to like Sean.
Debut, seems to be somewhat autobiographical. An angry young man living in Belfast not long after the troubles, his elder brother was off the rails but the... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor


Luminous and devastating, a portrait of modern masculinity as shaped by class, by trauma, and by silence, but also by the courage to love and to survive.

Sean's brother Anthony is a hard man. When they were kids their ma did her best to keep him out of trouble but you can't say anything to Anto. Sean was supposed to be different. He was supposed to leave and never come back.

But Sean does come back. Arriving home after university, he finds Anthony's drinking is worse than ever. Meanwhile the jobs in Belfast have vanished, Sean's degree isn't worth the paper it's written on and no one will give him the time of day. One night he loses control and assaults a stranger at a party, and everything is tipped into chaos.

Close to Home witnesses the aftermath of that night, as Sean attempts to make sense of who he has become, and to reckon with the relationships that have shaped him, for better and worse.

Drawing from his own experiences, Michael Magee examines the forces which keep young working class men in harm's way, in a debut novel which shines with intelligence and humanity on every page. Close to Home is an extraordinary work of fiction about deciding what kind of a man you want to be and finding your place in the scarred city you call home.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241996409
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 234g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

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