Edna O’Brien

The new novel by the legendary Edna O’Brien, author of The Country Girls.

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** Winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2020 **
Longlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction
Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2020

A Times, Evening Standard and Financial Times Book of the Year

I was a girl once, but not any more . . .

A young woman, barely more than a girl herself, must learn to survive with a child of her own, in a world which seems entirely consumed by madness.

As she navigates a landscape of terrors and trials, can she find a place of safety within a society blinkered by mistrust and denial?

‘Astonishing.’ New Statesman

‘Raw and transfixing.’ Observer

‘Miraculous . . . Extraordinary.’ Mail on Sunday

‘A masterpiece.’ Irish Independent

‘Mesmerising.’ Sunday Times

‘Devastating and moving.’ Daily Telegraph

By the author of The Country Girls.

Critic Reviews

Edna O'Brien tells her story with such compassion and understanding that the very disturbing events she re-lives are uplifting - and unforgettable. An utterly unique achievement.

Ian McKellen
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By an extraordinary act of imagination we are transported into the inner world of a girl who, after brutal abuse, escapes and with dogged persistence begins to rebuild her life. Girl is a courageous book about a courageous spirit.

JM. Coetzee
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We should celebrate Edna O’Brien for the skill with which she makes us care.

New York Times
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A novel of profound and ever-renewing empathy and grace - a parable on the complex subject of human redemption. Its verbal funds are clear and transporting and unforgettable; its dramatic resources vast.

Richard Ford
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Girl broke me in two. It is a work of towering humanity and enduring literary value; a hard and beautiful miracle.

Eimear McBride
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Girl is simultaneously a must-read and almost unreadable; a harrowing distillation of the story of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria.’

Melanie McDonagh, Evening Standard Best Books of the Year

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…

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