‘This is not her first time in this hotel but she had not expected to return.’ So begins an evocative short film by the filmmaker Eleanor Mortimer, in which Eimear McBride reads from her acclaimed novel Strange Hotel. In Strange Hotel, the third novel from the award-winning author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, a…
Faber is delighted to announce the acquisition of Eimear McBride‘s second novel, The Lesser Bohemians. Hannah Griffiths has concluded a deal for UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada and ANZ) and exclusivity in Europe with Tracy Bohan at the Wylie Agency. Publication will be a global event. The novel will be published in the UK in Autumn 2016 and by Hogarth in the US, McClelland & Stewart in Canada and Text in Australia.
One night an 18-year-old girl, recently arrived in London from Ireland to study drama, meets an older actor, and a tumultuous relationship ensues. Set across the bedsits and squats of mid 1990s north London, The Lesser Bohemians is a story about love and innocence, joy and discovery – the grip of the past and the struggle to be new again. It is certain to be one of the most anticipated second novels of recent years.
Hannah Griffiths at Faber said:
‘Eimear McBride started a whole new conversation around literature with her phenomenal first novel. It’s clear that The Lesser Bohemians will be every bit as daring and imaginative. She is a writer who takes her place at the heart of the Faber fiction list and redefines the shape of the whole.’
Eimear McBride grew up in the west of Ireland and studied acting at Drama Centre London. Her debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing took nine years to publish and subsequently received the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, as well as numerous other shortlistings including the Folio Prize and the L.A. Times First Fiction Award. The stage adaptation has also won huge acclaim and three awards at the Edinburgh Festival this year. Eimear occasionally writes and reviews for the Guardian, the New Statesman and the TLS.
Praise for A Girl is a Half-formed Thing:
‘A virtuosic debut: subversive, passionate, and darkly alchemical. Read it and be changed.’ Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries
‘Eimear McBride is that old-fashioned thing, a genius . . . The adventurous reader will find that they have a real book on their hands, a live one, a book that is not like any other.’ Anne Enright, Guardian
‘Ten pages in and all the bells start ringing. It explodes into your chest.’ Caitlin Moran
‘An instant classic . . . that has catapulted McBride into the front rank of modern fiction.’ Observer
‘An amazing and ambitious first novel that impressed the judges with its inventiveness and energy. This is an extraordinary new voice – this novel will move and astonish the reader.’ Helen Fraser, Chair of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction