Saturday, 28 January 1967: it is a day like any other for eighteen-year old Danny, pulling pints behind the bar of the International Hotel in Belfast, watching the comings and goings of the eccentric clientele. But ordinary days like this are almost over. The hotel has already been witness to the city's dark tendencies - Danny's job was only secured after another barman was shot. And with the inaugural meeting of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association the following day, Belfast is on the cusp of changing forever. Intelligent, funny and humane, "The International" lovingly and poignantly recaptures the texture of Belfast life 'as it was then, before it was brought shaking, quaking, and laying about it with batons and stones on to the world's small screens'. This new edition of "The International" will be published alongside two of Patterson's other early novels and will include an exclusive Blackstaff 'Bookends' section featuring an essay by Anne Enright, an author interview and much, much more.