The Good Activist by Bronagh Curran
Maeve Daly is a product of her time, opinionated, impressionable and determined. But she is also a product of her upbringing, for half of her life she called her teen- age mother her sister and never knew her place in the family, let alone the world. So when she finds like-minded social and eco activists The Clan, and a mother fig- ure in their enigmatic leader Ferdia Cusack, her fate is set on a path of destruction. Maeve’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and extreme – especially when a burgeoning relationship with fellow Clan member awakens her sexual desire. Intoxicated by everything her new family can give her, Maeve puts their needs above all else.
She is willing to shed blood for the cause. But as the final reckoning beckons, will she truly turn her back on her old family in favour of her new one?
‘A fascinating psychological tale that is all too true to life’
– Irish Examiner
‘A talent to watch’
– Sam Blake
‘Bronagh Curran is a brilliant new writer. The Good Activist is a compelling novel set in contemporary Ireland with vivid characters and powerful themes. Our journey with Maeve from fresher student to full-blown militant activist combines moments of tenderness and hilarity while also raising unsettling themes. Curran is not afraid to dig deep into the impact of secrets, lies and betrayals in Ireland’s past on future generations. I could not put The Good Activist down, thought-provoking and moving, it’s a fabulous read.’
– Noelle Harrison
Published: 22 April 2022
Length: 256 pages
Dimensions (mm): 198 x 129
RRP: £12 / €15