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Paula McGrath's fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Mslexia, Necessary Fiction, Eclectica, ROPES Galway and Surge, an anthology of new writing from Ireland. She recently completed an MFA at University College, Dublin, and was shortlisted for the inaugural Maeve Binchy Travel Award (2014). Generation is her first novel.
JM Originals is a new list for fresh and distinctive new writing; for books that provoke and entertain. 'She takes a step closer to the mineshaft and it's as if she steps back in time. Her grandfather is standing where she is standing now, a young man not much older than she is, who knows nothing about the future, nothing about her.' Generation is a short novel that contains a huge amount, taking place over eighty years, three continents and three generations. At its heart is Aine, a recently divorced woman in her thirties who wants some kind of escape from her life in Ireland: from her ex-husband and his pregnant girlfriend, her mundane job and unexciting love life. So she goes to stay for a few weeks on an organic farm near Chicago, with her six-year-old daughter Daisy. The trip doesn't turn out as she imagined it would, and that summer will have unforeseeable consequences for everyone involved.
Book of the Year in the Irish Times 'A wonderful storyteller' Joseph O'Connor On the quays of Dublin, Jasmine is running, training for a fight she can't compete in. It's 1982 and boxing is illegal for girls. For Jasmine boxing is everything: after running away from home, and narrowly escaping a risky situation in London, it is all she has to claim as her own. But with a legal fight impossible, and a ghost from her past on her trail, where can it end? A History of Running Away is a brilliantly written novel about growing up, starting over and learning to fight for yourself.
Book of the Year in the Irish Times In 1982 Jasmine wants to box, but in 1980s Ireland boxing is illegal for girls. In 2012 a gynaecologist agonises about a job offer which would mean escape from the increasingly fraught atmosphere of her Dublin hospital. But what about her mother, stuck in a nursing home? And in Maryland Ali, whose mother has recently died, hooks up with a biker gang to escape from grandparents she didn't know she had. Gradually revealing the unexpected connections between the three women, A History of Running Away is a brilliantly written novel about running away, growing up and finding out who you are.