"DERMOT BOLGER’S first book for young adults is many things...a gripping thriller...an unsettling supernatural horror story...a tenderly evocative look at teenage friendship and romance. By turns chilling and tender, and always compulsively readable, New Town Soul is an excellent novel, and Bolger’s distinctive voice is a welcome addition to the world of Irish children’s fiction." - The Irish Times
"Bolger, a prolific and gifted writer, breaks new ground with this novel, marking as it does his first foray into young-adult fiction. However, it will have wide appeal and does not belong exclusively in the young-adult genre, such is the superb quality of its writing, insights and page-turner plot." - The Irish Independent
"New Town Soul is taut, mysterious and gripping to the last word. Dermot Bolger gets under the skin of the teenage experience and explores the dark side of the teenage psyche. A beautifully crafted thriller." - Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series
"A terrific read, unsettling at times; filled with suspense, the intensity of teen relationships and soul music – at last teenagers can experience one of Ireland’s best writers." - John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Shane is Joey’s new best friend, with a personality for every occasion and a strange sense of recklessness. Joey longs to get close to Geraldine, but she won’t have anything to do with him while Shane is around. Is Geraldine right to suspect that Shane is weaving a net of evil around them? And who is the strange old man who seems to know more about Shane than anyone? What secret will Joey unearth in a derelict house in Blackrock?
New Town Soul is a supernatural thriller in a very real world – it is about the freedom of being young and the enslavement of being immortal.
One of Ireland’s best known writers, Dermot Bolger is a novelist, playwright and poet. This is his first book for a young adult audience.