Tuesday 24 October 2017

The best lines from Alan Shatter's novel

WE'VE read through Alan Shatter's novel to bring you some of the best lines.

"The bottle emptied and the champagne finished he carried her the stairs into the bedroom, realising that they were both slightly drunk. She lay beneath him on the bed, its soft mattress rising and falling as their bodies joined together in passionate celebration of the decision they had made."


"Brannigan also projected himself as a law and order politician. He became a leading proponent of legislation to prevent Irish women having abortions abroad in order to protect the Irish unborn against the ‘abortionists in England and the rest of the world’."


"Her inexperienced hands touched him so tentatively that every muscle in his body ached for fulfilment."


"When he entered her, he knew it was her first time. He moved slowly and she dug her fingers into his back, moaning and gasping for breath. When she loosened her grip and her body relaxed, he knew he was going to erupt."


"She gasped again and as he pulled himself free of her and overflowed on her slender body."


"She knew that she had been foolish for not taking the necessary precautions herself, but Brannigan had assured her that he always withdrew in time and that she was not at risk. She now knew this to be untrue."


"But his next question cruelly shattered the illusion. ‘Have you considered an abortion?” His voice was hesitant and he would not meet her eyes. The words echoed in her head as she lay in bed. Brannigan’s concern had been for himself, not for her."

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