The Rules of Revelation

Lisa McInerney / Fiction

Book cover

UK Publisher

John Murray

Date Published

May 13th, 2021

Dramatic Rights

ITV Studios


Ireland. Great nationalists, bad mothers and a whole lot of secrets. Ryan Cusack is ready to deliver its soundtrack.

Former sex-worker Georgie wants the truth about Ryan’s past out there but the journalist has her own agenda.

Mel returns from Brexit Britain, ill-equipped to deal with the resurgence of a family scandal.

Karine has always been sure of herself, till a terrible secret tugs the rug from under her.

Maureen has got wind that things are changing, and if anyone’s telling the story she wants to make sure it’s her.

A riotous blast of sex, scandal, obsession, love, feminism, gender, music, class and transgression from an author with tremendous, singular talent.


Not only a glorious, bold, funny state-of-the-nation novel, but a beautiful and painful love story too.

- Sally Rooney

Everything about this book glows.

- Roddy Doyle

*featured in 21 Books for 2021*

- The Irish Examiner

*featured in Books To Look Out For In 2021*

- The Irish Times

Moves from the tragic to the hilarious with a dazzling deftness

- Louise O'Neill

Brilliantly inventive

- Colin Barrett

A raw, intense novel, full of tenderness.

- Mary Costello

Stylish and relentlessly original

- Nicole Flatterly

It's her best work to date, which is really something

- Kevin Barry

The Rules of Revelation: Lisa McInerney closes ‘unholy trilogy’ with a rebel yell.

- The Irish Independent

One of the great achievements of modern Irish fiction

- Sunday Times

Sharp and satisfying . . . McInerney's world is a compelling sleazy demi-monde of drug dealers, sex workers and property developers, and she has a pleasing disdain for minimalism: here you'll find big characters and lots of them

- Guardian


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