The Fields by Kevin Maher

Little, Brown)

ISBN: 9781408704165

Dublin, 1984: Jim Finnegan is the youngest in his family with five raucous older sisters, a dad who has become weirdly disengaged from daily life and two best friends at the opposite ends of the spectrum of cool. Torn between the uncomplicated pleasure of bike rides with geeky Gary, and the lure of the wild Mozzo, Jim bursts along through life until he meets the local beauty, Saidhbh. Despite his rapidly blossoming romance with Saidhbh, all is not well in Jim’s world: he must battle with a manipulative local priest, the challenges of life in a tight-knit family and simply growing up.