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Edna O'Brien
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Edna O'Brien

Edna O’Brien has written more than twenty works of fiction. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Arts Gold Medal, the Frank O’Connor Prize, the PEN/Nabokov Award For Achievement in International Literature, and the David Cohen Prize for Literature. In 2021, Edna O’Brien was awarded the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is currently writing a play, Joyce’s Women, for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, to mark the centenary of the publication of Ulysses. Born and raised in the west of Ireland, she has lived in London for many years.

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Interview with Edna O'Brien
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Praise for Edna O'Brien

‘We turn to O’Brien for her clear eye as she faces the truths of our world.’

The Times
Praise for Edna O'Brien

‘An extraordinary talent.’

Daily Mail
Quotes from Edna O'Brien

‘In our deepest moments we say the most inadequate things.’

'Sister Imelda', The Love Object
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‘I wakened quickly and sat up in bed abruptly. It is only when I am anxious that I waken easily and for a minute I did not know why my heart was beating faster than usual. Then I remembered. The old reason. He had not come home.’

The Country Girls
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‘I was a girl once, but not any more . . .’

Girl
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90th Anniversary Reading List

                       

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Faber to publish new novel by Edna O’Brien in 2019

To kick off the Frankfurt Bookfair, we’re thrilled to announce Girl, a new novel by Edna O’Brien, to publish in 2019. I was a girl once, but not any more.  So begins Edna O’Brien’s majestic new novel, Girl. It is a brutal story of incarceration, horror, and hunger; an escape into the further terrors of the forest; and […]

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Read an extract from Edna O’Brien’s The Little Red Chairs

Edna O’Brien’s latest novel The Little Red Chairs tells the story of a wanted Balkan war criminal who’s disguised himself as a holistic healer and is living in a village on the west coast of Ireland. Gripping and thought-provoking, the book has been hailed as ‘a spectacular piece of work’ by the Guardian. Now available to buy […]

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