Jenny McCartney grew up in Northern Ireland and lives in London, where she is a writer and reviewer for publications including the Sunday Times, Spectator and the Mail on Sunday. For fourteen years she was the film critic of the Sunday Telegraph, where she also worked as a columnist and feature-writer. Her children’s picture-book The Stone Bird, illustrated by Patrick Benson, is published by Andersen Press.
Her first novel The Ghost Factory – a story of violence, vengeance and love in mid-90s Belfast and London – is published by 4th Estate.
‘Several recent novels have taken the Troubles as their theme
… The Ghost Factory ranks among the best of these fictions. It is a wonderfully large-souled book’ Guardian
‘Deftly plotted and adroitly written, this account of Jacky’s conflicts is mesmeric’ New Statesman
AGENT: PETER STRAUS
The Ghost Factory
A powerful debut set in Belfast and London in the latter years of the twentieth century.
The Troubles turned Northern Ireland into a ghost factory: as the manufacturing industry withered, the death business boomed. In trying to come to terms with his father’s sudden death, and the attack on his harmless best friend Titch, Jacky is forced to face the bullies who still menace a city scarred by conflict. After he himself is attacked, he flees to London to build a new life. But even in the midst of a burgeoning love affair he hears the ghosts of his past echoing, pulling him back to Belfast, crying out for retribution and justice.
Written with verve and flair, and spiked with humour, The Ghost Factory marks the arrival of an auspicious new talent.