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Academy Street

by Mary Costello

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Academy Street Synopsis

Tess Lohan appears to be a quiet child. But within lies a heart of fire. A fire that will propel her from her native Ireland into the hurly-burly of 1960s New York. In this city she will face the twists of a life graced with great beauty, but forever floating close to hazard.

The Good Book Guide Review

This absorbing novel tells the story of Tess, a quiet girl who grows up in the west of Ireland. Although, her family are well off, Tess joins the exodus to the USA, where she briefly finds love against the backdrop of New York in the sixties, a world away from her homeland, much more liberal but a lot less loving. Costello has written a sparse yet remarkably moving first novel, strangely reminiscent of J M Coetzee in its starkness.

Academy Street Press Reviews

'Packed with emotional intensity' Sunday Times


'A writer of huge ability ... Brings to mind John Williams's resurrected masterpiece, Stoner' Guardian


'To recount a life story in a novel is a difficult task. To do so with brevity and unsentimental honesty takes greatness. Academy Street is a powerful and emotional novel from one of literature's finest new voices' -- JOHN BOYNE


'An exceptional first novel' The Times

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ISBN: 9781782114208
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 30/10/2014
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781782114208
Publication date: 2nd March 2015
Author: Mary Costello
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Mary Costello

Mary Costello grew up in County Galway. Her collection of short stories, The China Factory, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Her stories have been published in various anthologies and broadcast on radio. She lives in Dublin.

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