A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Winner of numerous literary awards including the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the Goldsmiths Prize, Eimear McBride's debut novel A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing plunges us into the psyche of a girl with breathtaking fury and intimacy. Adapted for the stage by Annie Ryan for The Corn Exchange, Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing premiered at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2014.
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Winner of Baileys Prize for Women's Fiction 2014 Winner of The Desmond Elliott Prize for debut novelist 2014 Winner of Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award 2014 Winner of Goldsmiths Prize 2013. Shortlisted for Folio Prize 2014 Guardian First Book Award 2013.
'Unforgettable...Eimear McBride is a writer of remarkable power and originality.' Times Literary Supplement
'Eimear McBride's ferociously intense and stylistically challenging account of a young girl's coming-of-age in rural Ireland is an astonishing literary debut...bracingly alive with sardonic humour and brilliantly realised set-pieces...A remarkable achievement.' Irish Independent
'Beautifully-produced...immensely impressive.' Guardian
'She is definitely a genius...Truth-spilling, uncompromising and brilliant prose...An instant classic.' -- Anne Enright Guardian
'Remarkable, harshly satisfying first novel.' London Review of Books
'The author's use of language is so unique, so instantly inimitable that McBridean deserves to be an adjective...The writing has its forebears. Virginia Woolf springs to mind in its interiority, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett in its expression of fragmented consciousness.' New Humanist
Eimear McBride was born in Liverpool but moved to Ireland when she was three. She grew up in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo and Castlebar, Co. Mayo, before moving to London aged 17 to study at The Drama Centre. A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing is her first novel.