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Sean has returned to Belfast following a spell at university in Liverpool. He is trying to make good from his working class roots, but he is seemingly held back by loyalties to hard-partying old friends, a lack of meaningful employment that leaves him perpetually skint, and the repercussions of the fateful night where he punched someone in response to perceived slights about his class. 


Michael Magee’s precise prose, seasoned with dialect and vernacular, depicts Sean’s inner turmoil, the legacy of the Troubles in broken families and a scarred city vacillating between optimism and despair.

Close to Home; Michael Magee

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