Looking for the perfect gift for someone you love? Check out our shop Here.

Book Shop

Premium Fiction

Common Decency

Susannah Dickey

Published: 21st July 2022 In an apartment building in Belfast, two women wrestle with the sorrows and spectres of love and loss. Since her mother's death, Lily has withdrawn from the world, trapped between grief and anger. She has to break out of this damaging cycle - but how? Upstairs, Siobhan is consumed by her affair with a married man. Her days revolve around his sporadic texts and rare visits. She barely notices the strange girl who lives below and dawdles in the foyer. But Lily is keeping a close eye on her neighbour, whose life seems so much better and more fulfilling than her own. When resentment evolves into something darker and more urgent, she decides to teach Siobhan a lesson... Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 9780857526885
LoveMyRead price: £16.99

Our Curators said...

Dickey is a young Northern Irish author of enormous talent and a writer who really cares about language. I see big literary awards in her future. This novel, about entwining lives in Belfast, is poetic, dark and mordantly funny. Her debut, Tennis Lessons, is also great.

Elizabeth Day

- Elizabeth Day

What the Critics are Saying

Susannah Dickey has an uncanny ability to get right to the dark heart of her characters, blending acidic observation with a generous side of kindness. Common Decency is sharp as tacks, extremely funny and deeply moving. This novel is very good company.

Jan Carson

Related books

Great books change lives

Sign Up

Follow Us