In 1996, just before the rise of New Labour, Reverend Gore returns to his native Newcastle charged with planting a new church in one of the city's rougher estates.
As he settles into the local community, he becomes involved with Stevie, a local 'security consultant', Lindy, a street-wise single mother, and Martin, an ambitious local Labour MP.
But these relationships draw Gore into a moral crisis in this extraordinary debut novel, driven by sharp social observation, darkly desperate humour and an undercurrent of impending violence.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 31/07/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571228058