Dublin Seven


Dublin Seven


                And one man in his time plays many parts,
                             His acts being seven ages.

Dublin Seven is the gritty, violent, sometimes raunchy story of eighteen-year-old Shane, coming up as a small-time coke dealer in Dublin. Having just left school and keen to assert his independence, Shane loses himself in the tail end of Celtic Tiger nightlife. Through a chance meeting with a local gangster, he sets himself up in business.

—C’mere. D’ye know where I’d get a bit of tha stuff? Shane asked Griffo.

—It’s deadly so it is.

—Yeah no bother kid, it’s always there if ye want it, anytime.

Soon, Shane’s life is drugs, dance music, gangsters – and a beautiful girlfriend. But as the Celtic Tiger limps out of sight, so does Shane’s luck. The threats multiply, his paranoia builds and the violence creeps closer.

Dublin Seven is a classic coming-of-age gangster tale, combined with a troubled urban romance. An explosive cross between Trainspotting and Love/Hate


'High octane, visceral and uncompromising, Dublin Seven introduces a talent to be watched. Compellingly rough lyricism and a blistering breakneck narrative.'—Patrick McCabe, author of The Butcher Boy

'The coolest thing to come out of Dublin since Thin Lizzy.' — Ferdia MacAnna, author of The Last of the High Kings

'Unnerving, page-turning suspense...an evocative, fast-paced journey through Dublin’s underworld.' —Dr Michael Pierse, author of Writing Ireland's Working-class: Dublin After O'Casey.

'Fast-paced, filthy and cleverly structured...Dublin Seven is among the first novels to intimately portray Ireland's gang culture. Authentic and thrilling.' — Rob Doyle, The Sunday Independent.

'Gaffney has created a smart and irreverent voice.' The Irish Times

'I loved this debut, for its intelligent authenticity.' —Sue Leonard, Irish Examiner

'Explosive' — Sunday World

'A brave new voice in Irish literature'Woman's Way

'Dublin Seven reads like one long, crazy high. An extremely strong debut'. Dublin Inquirer

'A memorable and vibrant addition to the landscape of Dublin literature.' Totally Dublin


Frankie Gaffney came of age in Dublin’s North Inner City. His father spent time in prison, and he was himself immersed in the city’s underworld. In his mid-twenties he left this behind and went to Trinity College Dublin, where he studied English Literature. He has since been awarded the Ussher Fellowship to conduct literary research there. Dublin Seven is informed both by the milieu in which he grew up, and his formal study of great literature.

ISBN: 9781910742112

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