Eimear McBride, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, will be in conversation with writer and journalist Edel Coffey on the paperback publication of her captivating novel Strange Hotel. The two authors will discuss the novel, its importance amongst McBride’s writing and answer questions submitted in advance by Faber Members. Join us for this chance to hear one of the world’s leading contemporary fiction writers in this online event.
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From the award-winning author of the literary phenomenon A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, an exquisitely rendered and emotionally devastating meditation on love, loneliness, grief – and the possibilities for renewal.
‘Powerful . . . truly a living and breathing thing.’ Financial Times
‘McBride is on blistering form.’ Sinéad Gleeson
‘Nothing else feels so fresh, so radically new.’ Garth Greenwell
‘An emotionally enchanting novel that gets deep under the skin.’ Dazed
A woman enters an Avignon hotel room. She’s been here once before – but while the room hasn’t changed, she is a different person now.
Forever caught between check-in and check-out, she will go on to occupy other hotel rooms, from Prague to Oslo, Auckland to Austin, each as anonymous as the last. There, amid the open suitcases, the matchbooks, cigarettes, keys and room-service wine, she will negotiate with memory, with the men she sometimes meets, and with what it might mean to return home.
Eimear McBride grew up in the west of Ireland and trained at Drama Centre London. Her first novel, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, took nine years to find a publisher and subsequently received a number of awards, including the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and the Goldsmiths Prize. Her second novel, The Lesser Bohemians, won the 2017 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. In 2017 she was awarded the inaugural Creative Fellowship of the Beckett Research Centre, University of Reading. In a 2018 Times Literary Supplement poll of 200 critics, academics and fiction writers, McBride was named one of the ten best British and Irish novelists writing today.
Edel Coffey is an Irish writer, journalist and broadcaster. She began work as an arts journalist and editor with the Sunday Tribune. She has since worked as a presenter and reporter with RTE radio, as editor of the Irish Independent Weekend magazine and as Books Editor of the Irish Independent. Her debut novel, Breaking Point, will be published in 2022.