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Wild Houses

One of the Observer's Debut Novels of 2024

Colin Barrett


As Ballina prepares for its biggest weekend of the year, the simmering feud between small-time drug-dealer, Cillian English, and County Mayo's enforcers, Gabe and Sketch Ferdia, spills over into violence and an ugly ultimatum.

When the reclusive Dev answers his door on Friday night he finds Doll - Cillian's teenage brother - in the clutches of Gabe and Sketch. Jostled by his nefarious cousins and goaded by his dead mother's dog, Dev is drawn headlong into the Ferdias' revenge fantasy.

Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Nicky can't shake the feeling something bad has happened to her boyfriend Doll. Hungover, reeling from a fractious Friday night and plagued by ghosts of her own, Nicky sets out on a feverish mission to save Doll, even as she questions her future in Ballina.


'Strange and beautiful... A book to live inside'

SALLY ROONEY, author of Normal People

'A gift of true storytelling...
Barrett's talent burns up the page'

ANNE ENRIGHT, author of The Wren, The Wren

'A wonder... A tale for the ages'
JON MCGREGOR, author of Reservoir 13

'Masterful... Barrett sits squarely in the
centre of a golden generation of new Irish writers'

BENJAMIN MYERS, author of Cuddy and The Gallow Pole

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 25 Jan 2024
Dimensions: 134 x 216 x 23 mm
ISBN: 9780224101660

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