A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
This award-winning experimental debut novel tells the story of a young woman’s traumatic coming-of-age in rural Ireland, as she struggles with her abusive family and clings to her relationship with her terminally-ill brother.
We are temporarily only able to ship Faber Shop orders to addresses in the UK.
WINNER OF THE BAILEYS WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE
KERRY GROUP IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE
Eimear McBride’s award-winning debut novel tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. It is a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist. To read A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator’s head, experiencing her world at first hand. This isn’t always comfortable – but it is always a revelation.
This singular experiment of a novel, is turning into this year's sleeper hit.
Eimear McBride is that old fashioned thing, a genius, in that she writes truth-spilling, uncompromising and brilliant prose.
A virtuosic debut: subversive, passionate, and darkly alchemical. Read it and be changed.
It is, in a single word, breathtaking.
Browse a selection of books we think you might also like, with genre matches and a few wildcards thrown in.