But when punk rock arrives and the hard edge of the decade starts to reveal its true paranoid colours, Sammy finds himself increasingly isolated, especially after bizarre and gruesome away days in Glasgow and London.
WINNER OF THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2019 SHORTLISTED FOR THE ENCORE AWARD 2020 From the author of This Is Memorial Device. 'A gasp-inducing thrill of a ride.' i Independent 'An exhilarating novel, burning with rage, danger and dark humour.' Literary Review 'Remarkable . . . demented brilliance.' Scotland on Sunday Belfast, 1970s: Sammy and his three friends live in an impoverished area of the city that has become the epicentre of a country seemingly intent on cannibalising itself. They love sharp clothes, a good drink, and the songs of Perry Como, whose commitment to clean living holds up a dissonant mirror to their own attempts to rise above their circumstances. They dream of a Free State, and their methods for achieving this are uncompromising. But For the Good Times is not just a novel about the IRA. It is about the heartbreak and devastation that commitment to 'the cause' can bring; of violence and betrayal, breakdown and rebirth.
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David Keenan grew up in Airdrie in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is the author of England's Hidden Reverse and a senior critic at The Wire. His debut novel, This Is Memorial Device, was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn and Collyer Bristow Prizes, and was a Book of the Month for Waterstones, Rough Trade and Caught by the River.
For The Good Times by David Keenan
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