: O'Brien (E.)

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230pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2019) 2020

 Winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2020.

A Nigerian schoolgirl is abducted, raped and imprisoned, before escaping her captors with a child of her own. Based on the real-life abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram jihadists in the town of Chibok in 2014.

“By an extraordinary act of imagination we are transported into the inner world of a girl who, after brutal abuse, escapes and with dogged persistence begins to rebuild her life. Girl is a courageous book about a courageous spirit.” J.M. Coetzee

“[O’Brien] has set herself one of the greatest challenges a writer can face: to plumb the darkest depths of the human soul. She has triumphantly succeeded. Hypnotic, lyrical and pulsating with dark energy, Girl is a masterful study of human evil by a writer who, at 88, is still getting better. It will blast you with its searing, savage beauty.” Christina Patterson, Sunday Times

Edna O'Brien has written over twenty works of fiction as well as a biographies of James Joyce and Lord Byron. Born and raised in Ireland, she lives in London.