The Lesser Bohemians
The second novel from Eimear McBride, author of the Baileys Prize winning novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
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WINNER OF THE JAMES TAIT BLACK MEMORIAL PRIZE 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2016
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BORD GAIS IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2016
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ENCORE AWARD 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEY’S WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017
LONGLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
The vibrant energy of 1990s London. A year of passion and discovery. The anxiety and intensity of new love.
An eighteen-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both. At once epic and exquisitely intimate, The Lesser Bohemians is a celebration of the dark and the light in love.
Confirms McBride’s status as one of our major novelists . . . the life here radiates through the pages and illuminates ours.
Magnificently accomplished . . . It is hard to summon up adequate superlatives to describe this fierce, touching, boisterously original and life-enhancing account of what it feels like to be young, to leave home and to fall in love.
An unpredictable, turbulent, passionate book – remarkable for the quality of its interior life.
It broke my heart several times over . . . McBride has made something strange and beautiful.
There’s an openness, an inclusivity, a distinct lack of God-almightyness, that makes reading her such a pleasure . . . A writer for whom language is an end not a means, a beginning not an end.
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