Trespasses by Louise Kennedy – Our Review


Our Review…

An impossibly evocative and powerful novel, ‘Trespasses’ will haunt and captivate you for long afterwards.

Our novel opens in 1975 in a small village outside of Belfast where Cushla Lavery, a fiery young Catholic primary school teacher and part-time barmaid in her family’s pub, falls head over heels for a charismatic older Protestant barrister who is known for being outspoken against sectarian injustice and police brutality.

The town is unusual in that it harbours both Protestant and Catholics living side by side – they drink at the pub together and sit alongside each other in Cushla’s classroom. Yet there is this graphic underlying tension threaded throughout their daily existence where car bombs, murder and torture is a everyday event. Thus if their love is discovered, there will be catastrophic consequences for Cushla, her school and her family.

Trespasses is easily the most powerful novel I’ve read this year, the writing is exquisite, sensuous and tender and at times quite shattering. Easily one of my absolute all-time favourite reads, while some passages in Trespasses will make you gasp, ultimately it is a story of great depth, beauty and humanity. Outstanding.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books