For Kieran it's his Irish roots, for Michael it's Kieran's girlfriend, for Kieran's girlfriend it's God. Some infatuations are so explosive it takes years for the dust to settle. 1982, and the summer is oppressive, the future uncertain, Thatcher inescapable. Twin brothers Michael and Kieran - gasping for air in the middle of an eccentric family that only outsiders find enchanting - are visiting their grandparents in County Cork. The questions and entanglements born of that stifling trip are to shape the rest of their lives. Returning to Britain, the brothers don't know whether to call themselves English or Irish. Twenty years later, a fiery young woman doesn't know which of them to call Dad. Shifting between periods of threat and unrest, Besotted is a bold novel of passion, religion and politics. It is about life's flashpoints, the quiet violence that can shape us, the pressures of expectation, and the seduction of belonging, whatever the cost. From the author of The Male Gaze `A dazzling debut' Irish Independent `A unique, persuasive voice. His is a name to watch' Time Out
Joe Treasure was born in Cheltenham and studied English at Oxford. He now divides his time between Santa Barbara and London. His first novel, The Male Gaze, was described as 'a dazzling debut' (Irish Independent ).