Lisa McInerney

Lisa McInerney is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor and screenwriter. She is best known for her novel, The Glorious Heresies, which was the 2016 winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Lisa McInerney
BornLisa McInerney
15 August 1981
Alma materUniversity College Cork
GenreFiction, short stories
Notable worksThe Glorious Heresies (novel)
The Blood Miracles (novel)
Notable awardsBaileys Women's Prize for Fiction
Desmond Elliott Prize Encore Award


McInerney was born into a working-class family[1] in Galway, Ireland in 1981 and raised by her grandparents. She attended Gort Community School and went on to study English and Geography[2] at University College Cork. She is the daughter-in-law of Irish journalist Geraldine McInerney.

McInerney’s first publication was a short story, ‘Saturday, Boring’, commissioned by Kevin Barry for the 2013 Faber anthology, Town and Country: New Irish Short Stories. McInerney’s debut novel, The Glorious Heresies, published by John Murray, followed in April 2015. Telling the story of five misfits on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society whose lives interconnect after a messy murder, it won the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2016. It has been translated into French, in which it won the 2018 Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors' Literary Award; Italian, in which it was shortlisted for the Premio Strega Europeo and won the Premio Edoardo Kihlgren[3] for European literature; Spanish, Dutch, German, Czech, Serbian, Polish, Danish and Macedonian.

McInerney’s second novel, The Blood Miracles was published by John Murray in April 2017. Focusing on Ryan Cusack, the youngest character from The Glorious Heresies, it was joint winner of the 2018 RSL Encore Award and was longlisted for the 2018 Dylan Thomas Prize. It has been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Czech, German and Danish.

McInerney’s third novel, The Rules of Revelation, will be published by John Murray in May, 2021.

The rights to adapt McInerney’s Cork City set (The Glorious Heresies, The Blood Miracles and The Rules of Revelation) for television were bought by ITV Studios, with McInerney contracted to write the screenplays.

McInerney's short work has featured in Winter Papers, Extra Teeth, The Guardian, Le Monde, Granta, BBC Radio 4 and in various anthologies. She has been a contributing editor at Irish literary magazine The Stinging Fly since 2018.

In an interview she said that Hubert Selby Jr. has been an influence on her attitude towards writing.[4] Her "big characters" and juicy wording resulted in comparisons with Patrick McCabe and Irvine Welsh.[5]

Published WorksEdit


  • The Glorious Heresies (2015)
  • The Blood Miracles (2017)
  • The Rules of Revelation (2021)


  • ‘Saturday, Boring’ in the anthology Town and Country (Faber) (2013)
  • ‘Berghain’ in the anthology The Long Gaze Back (New Island) (2015)
  • ‘Redoubt’ for BBC Radio 4 (2015)
  • ‘The Butcher’s Apron’ in The Stinging Fly: In The Wake Of The Rising (2016)
  • ‘Navigation’ for Granta (2016)
  • ‘Five Sites, Five Stages’ in the anthology I Am Heathcliff: Stories Inspired by Wuthering Heights, edited by Kate Mosse (HarperCollins) (2018)
  • ‘Gérard’, in the anthology Being Various (Faber) (2019)
  • ‘Nowhere Now’ in Extra Teeth Issue One (2019)


  • ‘Seize the Means of Publication’ in the anthology Beyond the Centre: Writers in their own Words (New Island) (2016)
  • ‘Half-Answered Questions on Fiction’ for the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (2018)
  • 'Working Class - An Escape Manual' in the anthology Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers, edited by Kit de Waal (2019)
  • ‘Fantastic Babies: Notes on a K-pop Music Video’ in The Stinging Fly: Summer 2020 (2020)






  1. ^ McInerney, Lisa. "Working class? Here's Lisa McInerney's escape manual". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  2. ^ McInerney, Lisa (10 March 2018). "Lisa McInerney on Cork: 'If cities have characters then this one's a brilliant brat'". the Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Peccati gloriosi - Bompiani". Bompiani Editore (in Italian). Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Lisa McInerney: 'I've known people who've done appalling things'". The Guardian. 16 April 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  5. ^ "The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney to be made into TV series". The Irish Times. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2019.