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Eimear McBride - Author

About the Author

Eimear McBride was born in 1976 in Liverpool to Northern Irish parents. Aged two she and her family returned to Ireland and her childhood was mostly spent in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. At fourteen they moved again to Castlebar, Co Mayo. In 1994, at seventeen, she went to London and spent the next three years studying acting at Drama Centre. Much of her twenties were spent temping and travelling. At twenty-seven she wrote A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. It won the 2013 Goldsmiths Prize, was shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize and was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014. She moved to Cork in 2006, and Norwich in 2011, where she currently lives with her husband and daughter. She is working on her second novel.

In 2014 Eimear McBride's novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing was awarded the inaugural Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Featured books by Eimear McBride

The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians

Author: Eimear McBride Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEY'S WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017. SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2016. 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.

The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians

Author: Eimear McBride Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

From the writer of one of the most memorable debuts of recent years. An eighteen-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. This older man has a disturbing past that the young girl is unprepared for. The young girl has a troubling past of her own. This is her story and their story.

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

Author: Eimear McBride Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Winner of the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and 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 first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.   Helen Fraser, Chair of Judges, said:“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.”

Other books by Eimear McBride

The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians

Author: Eimear McBride Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEY'S WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017. SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2016. 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.

Lesser Bohemians

Lesser Bohemians

Author: Eimear McBride Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2016

A breathtaking award-winning novel about an extraordinary, all-consuming love affair One night an eighteen-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older mana well-regarded actor in his own right.While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by more than a few demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both. A captivating story of passion and innocence, joy and discovery set against the vibrant atmosphere of 1990s London over the course of a single year, The Lesser Bohemians glows with the eddies and anxieties of growing up, and the transformative intensity of a powerful new love.Winner of the James Tait Black Prize for FictionShortlisted for the International Dublin Literary AwardShortlisted for the 2016 Goldsmiths PrizeShortlisted for the 2016 Bord Gis Energy Irish Book Awards Eason Novel of the Year

The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians

Author: Eimear McBride Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2016

From the writer of one of the most memorable debuts of recent years, a story of first love and redemption. One night in London an eighteen year old girl, recently arrived from Ireland to study drama, meets an older actor and a tumultuous relationship ensues. Set across the bedsits and squats of mid-nineties north London, The Lesser Bohemiansis a story about love and innocence, joy and discovery, the grip of the past and the struggle to be new again.

The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians

Author: Eimear McBride Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

From the writer of one of the most memorable debuts of recent years. An eighteen-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. This older man has a disturbing past that the young girl is unprepared for. The young girl has a troubling past of her own. This is her story and their story.

Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

Author: Eimear McBride Format: eBook Release Date: 09/06/2015

The dazzling, fearless debut novel that won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the book the New York Times hails as ';a future classic'.In scathing, furious, unforgettable prose, Eimear McBride tells the story of a young girl's devastating adolescence as she and her brother, who suffers from a brain tumor, struggle for a semblance of normalcy in the shadow of sexual abuse, denial, and chaos at home. Plunging readers inside the psyche of a girl isolated by her own dangerously confusing sexuality, pervading guilt, and unrelenting trauma, McBride's writing carries echoes of Joyce, O'Brien, and Woolf. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is a revelatory work of fiction, a novel that instantly takes its place in the canon.

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

Author: Eimear McBride Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Winner of the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and 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 first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.   Helen Fraser, Chair of Judges, said:“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.”

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