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Little Beauty by Alison Jameson

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A beautiful and powerful story of life in the seventies in the far west of Ireland for an unmarried woman who tries against all the constraints of society to bring up her baby alone. Touching, poignant, at times chilling and deeply moving, there are brilliant scenes as Laura’s hope, love and optimism press up against the prejudices of her small community, even those she once loved or thought she could trust. A bit of a tearjerker that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

If you like Alison Jameson you might also like to read books by Sinead Moriarty, Edna O'Brien and Carole Matthews.

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Little Beauty by Alison Jameson

Laura Quinn has lived on the same remote yet beautiful island off the West Coast of Ireland since she was born, and leaving it behind seems the only way for her life to really begin. A year later, Laura is back, and this time she is not alone; the company of her new baby, Matthew, is all she needs. But the consequences of her return are astonishing, and soon Laura has courageous decisions to make - decisions that could last a lifetime and break her heart for ever. Stylish and captivating, Little Beauty tells a powerful story of love, motherhood and one woman's courage to survive.

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A starkly beautiful and haunting work Donal Ryan Finely crafted and featuring a brilliantly complicated heroine, Jameson's heartbreaking third novel is a moving story about social mores and the power of parental love. - Irish Times

Original characters and flinty dialogue ... [a] darkly stylish tale of human behaviour - The Sunday Times

About the Author

Alison Jameson is an Irish writer who studied English Literature at University College Dublin and went on to work in the advertising industry for many years. She now writes full-time, and has published two previous novels, This Man and Me ( which was nominated for the prestigious IMPAC Award) and Under My Skin.

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Publication date

5th June 2014


Alison Jameson

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Doubleday Ireland an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ireland Ltd


368 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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