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The Playground by Julia Kelly
  

The Playground

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A thoughtful novel that may be depressing for some but well worth a read. Set in Ireland the reader is ‘dropped’ into Eve’s life, nothing is clear to start with, then slowly you meet people as Eve does, slowly you learn about her, her back story, her new friends, her attempt to enter the community. The novel grows on you as the playground, central to the tale and at the centre of an estate, is restored. We have a mixed bunch of mums and kids, one an ADHD child, and there hangs our drama and eventual tragedy.

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Synopsis

The Playground by Julia Kelly

Eve is putting her life together again. Her partner has walked out on her. She's moved into a tiny flat on the outskirts of Dublin. She has no job. But she does have her beloved baby daughter - and there's a little playground across the street. It's a tired spot for teenagers and tramps, but Eve is determined to make this new life work. Alongside her interfering lodger and a group of local mums she swings into action to make the playground the heart of the community. But not all games are innocent - and not all friends are true. When a terrible accident is blamed on her, Eve must forge her own independence - and realise that the playground is not a place to hide from adulthood.

Reviews

Dazzling ... It's a funny, sometimes heartbreaking insight into how a young mother struggles to cope ... Absolutely captivating
Irish Independent Julia Kelly is surely the freshest voice in Irish fiction since the wonderful early novels of Edna O

'Brien. This is a future to watch John Banville Searingly honest, uncomfortably so ... Anatomises the aftermath of a breakup and the ensuing struggles with scalpel-like prose ... emotional resonance and achingly human observations Sunday Independent A first-rate portrait ... Very funny (squirm-inducing early Mike Leigh - Abigail's Party, say - comes to mind) ... The anarchy of the everyday is what the novel conveys so well, so unhurriedly, so unostentatiously, with much sly wit ... Excellent Irish Times'


About the Author

Julia Kelly studied English, Sociology and Journalism in Dublin, and escaped to London for the mad, bad years of life. She now lives in Bray, County Wicklow. This is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th June 2015

Author

Julia Kelly

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Publisher

Quercus Publishing

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781784291358

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