Wednesday, September 23, 2009


By New Zealand-based author, Liam McIlvanney

An authentic, atmospheric and ambitious debut.
Liam McIlvanney nails it
- Val McDermid

A compelling literary page-turner with a crime at its heart, All the Colours of the Town is not only a thrilling story of sectarian violence and buried history, but also a gripping and unnerving exploration of prejudice and hatred.
When Glasgow journalist Gerry Conway receives a phone call promising unsavoury information about Scottish Justice Minister Peter Lyons, his instinct is that this apparent scoop won't warrant space in The Tribune. But as Conway's curiosity grows and his leads proliferate, his investigation takes him from Scotland to Belfast. Shocked by the sectarian violence of the past, and by the prejudice and hatred he encounters even now, Conway soon grows obsessed with the story of Lyons and all he represents. And as he digs deeper, he comes to understand that there is indeed a story to be uncovered; and that there are people who will go to great lengths to ensure that it remains hidden.

Vividly written and shocking, All the Colours of the Town is not only the story of an individual and his community - it is also a complex and thrilling inquiry into loyalty, betrayal and duty.

Liam McIlvanney holds all the aces of a really vital young novelist … a brilliant study in the harsh, pawky affinity between those two majestic cities, Glasgow and Belfast.’
- Richard T Kelly, author of Crusaders

I read it almost at a sitting… smart, generous and compelling’ - Gordon Burn

With a bravura nod at classic north of Carlisle crime writing, All The Colours of the Town swaggers onto the Larne-Stranraer ferry and brings noir home. Razor-sharp prose and laser-sharp observation makes this a brilliant fiction debut.’ - Eoin McNamee

Allen & Unwin Book Publishers invite readers of Beattie's Book Blog to the launch of Faber & Faber's ALL THE COLOURS OF THE TOWN .

Liam McIlvanney, pic right, is the Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies at the University of Otago. It's a huge coup for a first-time writer to be published through the world-renowned, venerable publisher, Faber & Faber.

Where & When:
5.15pm Tuesday 29 September
University of Otago Staff Club,
80 Union Place West (beside the Leith).

Please RSVP to Kathy Young at or ph 03 479 5999.
Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

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