I am super excited to share my review with you today on Blog Tour for Bleak Alley: Stories from the Margins by Shane Dunphy which is available on audio right now
True crime within the dark heart of Irish gangs. Featuring original Irish folksongs written and performed by the author, Shane Dunphy.
He seems like a typical 16-year-old boy except that Mikey is walking the knife edge of crime. He’s tough and good with his fists, but when journalist Shane Dunphy is offered the chance to write his story, he discovers a lost, vulnerable child, in danger and desperate for help.
Shane descends into the perilous underworld of organised crime and discovers that the glamour of gangland life is riven with brutality and murder. Far from providing a means of survival for boys from broken families, the price they pay is often with their life.
With skill and empathy, and no little courage, Shane attempts to rescue Mikey from the clutches of warring gangland leaders and to restore the love and harmony of Mikey’s family which has been shattered by poverty and bad blood.
For fans of Peaky Blinders, Bleak Alley is the first in a series of true crime stories from the heart of Irish gangland life. The author provides extensive historical analysis of the rise of Irish street gangs and their outlaw Celtic culture, as well as original Irish folk songs.
Bleak Alley examines serious issues of social deprivation, state indifference and lawlessness with the pace and intrigue of a high-class thriller.
WOW, WOW, WOW….what a fascinating and interesting listen this is, told by the author himself. It has certaining kept me entertained and is only 5 hours and 58 minutes. I listened to it in one sitting where I found myself absolutely fascinated by Shane’s story.
Set in Bleak Alley with alternating chapters between Shane’s attempts to rescue Mikey from a gang. And factual information about Irish ganglands. The author describes the resembles in depth between the two. Has we learn about how children grow up in poverty and find themselves in such gangs.
This is the first audio in the series and a bloody good one too! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it. I have a keen interest with the gangland world for years and have read tons of books about it. But nothing quite like this one. I have learnt things I had no idea about and I have be taken on a truly unforgettable journey.
I loved the added Irish folk music between scenes making this feel like I was watching a TV documentary. After spending all afternoon with Shane hearing this heart wrenching , gritting story. I have grown to known him. He is a kind, caring and considerate person who goes out of his way to help the young people in this story. Getting himself involved in some uncomfortable situations with the efforts he does goes to.
This is a captivating and harrowing story which I cannot recommend enough. Giving it all the stars.
Massive thank you to Ben at Midas PR for inviting me to take part on this tour.