January’s Book of the Month: The Twelve by Stuart Neville

One of The Guardian's Top 2010 Reads

What better way to pick January’s book of the month than choose a title that has been hailed as one of THE novels of 2010. Stuart Neville’s The Twelve is one of those books that seems to gain more and more momentum like a wayward snowball. Nicola Barr reviewed it when it first came out in hardback in the summer of 2009: “This is the best fictional representation of the Troubles I have come across, a future classic of its time. Stuart Neville has finally given Northern Ireland the novel its singular history deserves.”

David Hare than picked it as one of the 2010 Books of the Year in The Guardian last month saying: “Stuart Neville takes one of today’s defining subjects – truth and reconciliation – and writes a crime novel about the dishonesty and violence necessary to the success of the peace process in Northern Ireland. Great subject, great thriller.”

What’s more, Stuart’s follow up to The Twelve, Collusion, is out in paperback in August 2011. Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to read The Twelve in time for a cracking beach read this summer?