Wild Houses

Wild Houses

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 25/01/2024
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Wild Houses
Character driven and pacy, with a tender heart
I raced through Wild Houses, and as soon as I finished it I wanted to read it over again. Wild Houses is led by a character driven and pacy plot, but is... READ MORE
Tilly at Croydon
Wild Houses
Was expecting more
Although I quite enjoyed this book, because of the excellent news paper reviews I was expecting more. The writing is sharp, the humour and dialogue very go... READ MORE
Kurde @Horsham
Wild Houses
An Intense Situation That Had Me Guessing If It Could End Well
Set over a couple of days in Ireland where a young roughed-up lad is pushed into a house of a man who is keenly now aware a situation unfurling, appears to... READ MORE
Nicole @hemelwstones
Wild Houses
Kidnap and crime in Rural Ireland
Set in Ireland. Cillian is a drug dealer and general criminal, his brother gets kidnapped as he owes money on a deal gone wrong. The whole premise of the b... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor
Wild Houses
Darkly witty, with fully captured characters...
A spiralling debut fiction set in small town Ireland, in which 2 dealers kidnap the brother of a man who owes them money. Darkly witty in parts, a simpl... READ MORE
Gemma Dudley


The remarkable, funny and thrilling debut novel from the acclaimed, prize-winning author of the short story collections, Young Skins and Homesickness

As Ballina prepares for its biggest weekend of the year, the simmering feud between small-time dealer, Cillian English, and County Mayo's fraternal enforcers, Gabe and Sketch Ferdia, spills over into violence and an ugly ultimatum.

When the reclusive Dev answers his door on Friday night he finds Doll - Cillian's bruised, sullen, teenage brother - in the clutches of Gabe and Sketch. Jostled by his nefarious cousins, goaded by his dead mother's dog and struck by spinning lights, Dev is unwillingly drawn headlong into the Ferdias' revenge fantasy.

Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Nicky can't shake the feeling something bad has happened to her boyfriend Doll. Hungover, reeling from a fractious Friday night and plagued by ghosts of her own, Nicky sets out on a feverish mission to save Doll, even as she questions her future in Ballina.

The beautifully crafted, thrillingly-told story of two outsiders striving to find themselves as their worlds collapse in chaos and violence, Wild Houses is the long-anticipated debut novel from award-winning and critically-acclaimed short story writer, Colin Barrett.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780224099851
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 380g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 28 mm

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Wild Houses
Kidnap in the Wild West (of Ireland)
Brothers Gabe and Sketch work for local drug dealer Mulrooney; so does Dev but he just sits on the drugs for a while in his out of the way house. Colin Bar... READ MORE
Anne O'Connell
Wild Houses
Barrett's Mayo is not Biden's
BARRETT’S MAYO IS NOT BIDEN'S WILD HOUSES by Colin Barrett The first time I saw a Mayo landscape was in the 1960’s, through the window of a rosary-praying ... READ MORE
Wild Houses
Real Small Town Irish People
Elmore Leonard is dead. He certainly is not creating full-blooded criminals in a small rural town in western Ireland. The maestro of crime drama left us in... READ MORE
Michael Burke