ISBN-13: 9781787612518

RRP: £7.49

Published: 5th October 2023

Treacle Town

Con O’Neill is stuck in a world of brutal gang violence, sectarian vendettas and personal tragedy. The lack of opportunities for him and the rest of his gang is all too apparent. No money. No prospects. A social design that entraps inhabitants of Treacle Towns up and down the country.

Connor is desperate to get away, to find another life where he can experience happiness and fulfilment. When he stumbles upon the new world of slam poetry, Con senses a glimmer of hope - a hope that might just lead to his escape from Treacle Town.

But it won’t be easy.


"An absolute must-read; tough, in your face, and pulls no punches"
Melvin Burgess

"Uncompromising… Treacle Town is a powerful depiction of dead-end lives, along with its protagonist’s conflicting desires to escape"
The Herald

"an absorbing and disturbing novel"
Books for Keeps

"This story of loss, loyalty and fighting for who you need to be is yet another slice of pure dead brilliance from Brian Conaghan. The writing is breathtakingly powerful, as grim as it is gorgeous."
Keith Gray