Matthew Wilson

Meet the Doyles

Future Popes of Ireland


Fourth Estate 440pp £14.99 order from our bookshop

Future Popes of Ireland begins with gentle blasphemy: ‘It was September 1979 when Pope John Paul II brought sex to Ireland.’ Granny Doyle, aflame with the conviction that she will be grandmother to the first Irish pope, catches a drop of holy water in Phoenix Park and insists that her daughter-in-law sprinkle it on the marital bed. She seems to personify a kitschy and quaint sort of Catholicism. But the same Granny Doyle shouts, ‘I always knew you were a dirty little hoor’ as she throws her pregnant teenage granddaughter out of the family home.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter