Ruth Gilligan - Author

About the Author

Ruth Gilligan is an Irish novelist and journalist. She has written three previous novels: Forget, which reached number one on the Irish Bestsellers' List when she was 19, making her the youngest person in Ireland ever to have done so, and Somewhere In Between and Can You See Me, both published while she was still at university. She writes and reviews for the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the TLS and the Guardian.

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Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan

Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan

Author: Ruth Gilligan Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2016

1901. Cork can sound very similar to New York to foreign ears and tired brains, so it's no surprise that Ruth's family - Jewish refugees fleeing the European pogroms - mistakenly disembark from their boat to America a few stops and a few countries too soon. Still, her father can spin a story like pure silk, so surely Ireland's just a layover till he writes his great play and they can continue their journey west. 1958. He's still not spoken. It's been years since Shem was struck mute at his bar mitzvah, forcing his mother to hand him over to the care of Catholic nuns. There aren't too many of his kind in Ireland let alone in the sanatorium, so it's a lonely existence, but at least his secret is safely locked up in his mouth and kept behind closed doors, where it can never hurt the one person he loves. 2013. Aisling came to London to escape the Irish recession and concentrate on her career, not to fall in love with a part-time magician. She would marry him in a heartbeat, if only his family didn't insist that the ceremony should be performed by a rabbi. Unsure whether to give up her own heritage for some else's, Aisling looks to the past - from a rootless girl who never saw America to an outcast boy who never spoke again - to see if she can decide on her future.

Can You See Me?

Can You See Me?

Author: Ruth Gilligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2010

When Alice arrives on campus amidst the ancient splendour of Cambridge University, she thinks she's found her wonderland. Then one night something happens - one inexplicable act ruins everything and she finds herself alone. Alice will not admit defeat; having practically raised her two brothers single-handedly, she is good at being strong. Too good. But Soon her dark secret becomes too much and the cracks begin to show. Her weekly meetings with Flo, the stranger on the bench, become her lifeline. And try as she might to bury the dark truth of that awful night, she begins to realise that some things have to be faced up to. It's time for Alice to look at her broken reflection and start to put the pieces back together...

Can You See Me?

Can You See Me?

Author: Ruth Gilligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2010

When Alice arrives on campus amidst the ancient splendour of Cambridge University, she thinks she's found her wonderland.Then one night something happens - one inexplicable act ruins everything and she finds herself alone.Alice will not admit defeat; having practically raised her two brothers single-handedly, she is good at being strong. Too good.But Soon her dark secret becomes too much and the cracks begin to show. Her weekly meetings with Flo, the stranger on the bench, become her lifeline. And try as she might to bury the dark truth of that awful night, she begins to realise that some things have to be faced up to. It's time for Alice to look at her broken reflection and start to put the pieces back together...

Can You See Me?

Can You See Me?

Author: Ruth Gilligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

She's never known what it is not to succeed - and she never lets down her guard. Why would she? She's Alice, after all, the one people come to, the one with all the answers.Her first term in Cambridge, her dream college, is everything she imagined it would be. But one night, after an infamous college 'bop', something happens that tears apart the fabric of Alice's world. Something that she can't even bring herself to mention.In the weeks that follow, slowly Alice's friends are cut adrift, as she tries to get to grips with her new reality alone. Her weekly meetings with Flo, the stranger on the bench, become her lifeline. But try as Alice might to put to rest the dark truth of that awful night, she slowly realises that there are some journeys that can not be avoided.Can You See Me? is an unforgettable story of new beginnings, of Cambridge life and of a young woman's struggle to reclaim herself and her lost wonderland.

Somewhere In Between

Somewhere In Between

Author: Ruth Gilligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2008

The exams are finally over, the sun is shining and celebration is in the air. For twins Chloe and Alex the future looks bright, if a bit uncertain. But turbulence is not far from the horizon. It begins when Alex is in a car crash on the way home from a drinking binge with friends. Miraculously he escapes with just cuts and bruises, but the driver's life hangs in the balance. Alex tells himself it's only a matter of time before his friend 'wakes up', but his free and easy ways are put to the ultimate test over the dramatic weeks to follow. For Chloe, insecurities begin chip away at the edges of her 'balanced' world: her relationship with Sam, her drama school chances, her weight. Her friends are worried that she's getting too thin. But thin is not what Chloe sees when she looks in the mirror. A holiday to Ayia Napa with the gang promises to be the escape everyone needs, the ideal bridge between school and ... real life. But as the party rages on, Alex and Chloe realise that there are some things that you can't escape from - as they struggle to find the somewhere at the other side of somewhere in between.

Somewhere In Between

Somewhere In Between

Author: Ruth Gilligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2007

The exams are finally over, the sun is shining and celebration is in the air. For twins Chloe and Alex the future looks bright, if a bit uncertain. But turbulence is not far from the horizon. It begins when Alex is in a car crash on the way home from a drinking binge with friends. Miraculously he escapes with just cuts and bruises, but the driver's life hangs in the balance. Alex tells himself it's only a matter of time before his friend 'wakes up', but his free and easy ways are put to the ultimate test over the dramatic weeks to follow. For Chloe, insecurities begin chip away at the edges of her 'balanced' world: her relationship with Sam, her drama school chances, her weight. Her friends are worried that she's getting too thin. But thin is not what Chloe sees when she looks in the mirror. A holiday to Ayia Napa with the gang promises to be the escape everyone needs, the ideal bridge between school and ... real life. But as the party rages on, Alex and Chloe realise that there are some things that you can't escape from - as they struggle to find the somewhere at the other side of somewhere in between.

Forget

Forget

Author: Ruth Gilligan Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2007

Pretty, popular, Eva is like any other sixteen-year-old. That is until her Dad dies and suddenly her whole world seems to be falling apart. The only person she can really talk to is Zac, the new guy in school, who somehow always seems to know the right thing to say. But cute, scruffy, guitar-mad, Zac has his own problems. To his buddies down the golf club, Zac's father is an all-round nice guy, but at home Zac and his mother see a different side. When Eva starts dating Killian Laine, resident rubgy hero, Zac realises that he feels more than just friendship for Eva, but can only watch from a distance as Eva and Killian become the new 'hot' couple in the gang. When Killian tries to pressure Eva into something she isn't ready for and she refuses to do what he wants, he soon shows his true colours. Eva quickly realises that true friends allow you to be yourself and that true love doesn't come with conditions . . .

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