Northern Irish writer Nick Laird examines violence and religion at home and abroad in new novel Modern Gods

In Nick Laird’s latest novel, Modern Gods, one of this generation's finest writers ventures into new territory to examine the stories we tell ourselves to deal with faith, love, grief and death. He talks about cults in the Pacific, the peculiarities of his home country, and why he’s never been afraid of causing offence. Interview Peter McGoran

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