The Mess We're In

The Mess We're In

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 11/05/2023
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The Mess We're In
We used to rave now we read…
Many thanks to NetGalley and Headline Books for this advanced digital reader copy for review. Always a bit dubious when a ‘famous face’ branches out into... READ MORE
Michaela at Waterstones Birkenhead


'I'm a Londoner now. I'm a voice in the noise. I'm ready.'

It's the turn of the millennium and, landing in London with nothing but her CD collection and demo tape, Orla Quinn moves into a squalid Kilburn house with her best mate and a band called Shiva. Orla wants to make music, but juggling two jobs and partying every night isn't helping. Back in Ireland her parents' marriage has crumbled, she's not speaking to her father, and her mother and sister are drinking too much.

While Orla's own dreams seem to be going nowhere, Shiva are on the brink of something big. But as the hype around the band intensifies, so does the hedonism, and relationships in the house are growing strained.

This is the story of a young woman thrashing through life, trying to find home in a strange new place. It's also a story about music: how it can break you down and build you back up again, and how to find your rhythm when all you hear is noise.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472297129
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 600g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 38 mm

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The Mess We're In
Brilliant dialogue and capturing perfectly the essence of life as a 20 something
I've not read anything by Annie Macmanus before so I wasn't sure what to expect. However, "The Mess We're In" strikes the perfect balance of music industr... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius