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Grits

Grits - Niall Griffiths Lyrical, intense and beautifully written, this book draws you chapter by chapter into the inner world of each one of the characters, a group of drifters, junkies and seemingly lost souls who have ended up at the end of the line in Aberystwyth.

One of the things I most admired about the book is how skilfully a variety of British and Irish dialects (from Dublin, to Liverpool, to Merthyr, to Lancashire by way of Essex) are all brought to life on the page, so that, especially if you have ever heard those accents in real life, you will seem to hear that character's voice speaking to you as you follow their thoughts and perceptions.

Yes, there are similarities to Trainspotting in theme and form but this novel is actually deeper, more poetic and more ambitious in its scope.