Groundwork

A novel by Paul McDonagh

"This is an astonishingly good debut novel - it's subtle, clever and compelling. I was hooked from beginning to end. - Jane Turley, author of The Changing Room

"A thoroughly enjoyable read, thought provoking and as bleak and beautiful as the Connemara landscape. I'm looking forward to McDonagh's next effort!  - Frazer Cooke of Shankfist Wreckage Technique

Gerry Walsh is coming of age with no place to call home. In London, his father dies in mysterious circumstances whilst working for a groundwork contractor. Gerry is left alone and abandoned as he sets out to find the truth. In Connemara, his Uncle Sylvie digs holes looking for the body of his wife. Gerry becomes drawn into the amoral world of his uncle, uncovering family secrets that have been buried. Gerry's involvement in the search for Aunt Beth puts everybody in danger. As events spiral out of control, who can Gerry trust? In the race to find the truth, who will be first?

Groundwork is a book club recommendation set during the economic and political upheaval of the 1990's. It is a wonderfully evocative story that will live long in the memory.

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